Saturday, July 22, 2017

The A40 and the Byddwn

We got 170 records for the 1km square we explored on Thursday - which did include The Byddwn BWT Nature Reserve and the A40.

By the A40 where we started was Restharrow (I did say in last blog that we must keep an eye out for it!) and later on our return Heather spotted a tiny plant by the side of the road which turned out to be a new record for the county.
Narrow-leaved Pepperwort, Pupurlys culddail or Lepidium ruderale

The Byddwn is a small reserve and you walk along the old railway track to get to it. We saw a wide range of species, the Early Purple Orchids and Cowslips being over of course, but we enjoyed:
Zigzag Clover, Meillionen igam-ogam or Trifolium medium
Wild Basil, Brenhinllys gwyllt or Clinopodium vulgare
Hawkweed Oxtongue, Tafod y llew or Picris hieracioides

There was a Common Blue resting as we got back near to our start point:

and we were asked to identify a plant that had appeared in the garden of the farm we parked at that turned out to be:
Weld, Melengu or Reseda luteola
A little way from its usual habitats but no doubt another hitchhiker on the A40 like the Narrow-leaved Pepperwort and Restharrow...

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