Friday, November 22, 2019

Winter sets in

Since I last wrote...

A revisit to complete the survey near Coelbren led to some good extra records including many of these in wet fields:
Marsh Lousewort, Melog y waun or Pedicularis palustris

Then I was off for a mostly non-botanical break in South West Cork but did photograph these and other plants of note:
Bell Heather, Grug y mêl, Fraoch Cloigíneach or Erica cinerea

This was on the site of Drombeg Stone Circle (near Glandore) which also has the remains of a Fullacht Fia and Hut circle (foreground).

And then on the very top of the old Martello Tower at Garinish Island, Glengarriff this (which had me puzzled for a while).
Fairy Foxglove, Clychau’r tylwyth teg, Méirín sí or Erinus alpinus

Right by the water's edge I was puzzled by these leaves until I spotted the lone and paltry flower:
Kidney Vetch, Plucen felen, Méara Muire or Anthyllis vulneraria

Back in Brecknock the group went to an unrecorded square near Beulah and recorded quite a long list of plants together with several fungi such as:
Parasol Mushroom

And just a few days ago an unsuccessful attempt to find Polypodium cambricum led us through these magical woods at the head of the Dyffryn Crawnon Valley..

The group in good spirits after a difficult time climbing up through woods on a path that had become very overgrown / blocked by fallen trees. We are at an old Limekiln.