Thursday, February 18, 2016

Stanner Rocks

The recording group had a treat this week. A visit to Stanner Rocks to see the 'Radnor Lily' flowering. This is the only site for this plant in the British Isles and it was discovered only in 1968, having been missed by the Victorian botanists who swarmed over this unique habitat - in the summer when the plant is totally dormant.

We had a great day for it and the sun brought a third plant into flower that day. The best was at a higher location than I have ever seen it with great views. I think Andy, the voluntary warden, took the best picture:
Early Star-of-Bethlehem, Seren-Fethlehem gynnar or Gagea bohemica

Sue's picture of the whole flower and plant

Mine of the one just opening near where another unique rarity grows later in the year. (Perennial Knawel)

More pictures of our day:

Red Wood Ant or Formica rufa, just waking up in the sun.

Please note that access to all parts of the reserve, apart from the quarry floor, requires permission and usually a guide.

Pictures from me, Andy and Sue

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