Showing posts from October, 2018

Allhallows, Kent - 19/08/18

This area comprises of mostly unimproved grassland with cattle grazing and saltwater influence from the nearby Thames estuary and the tidal inlet of Yantlet Creek. I didn't really know what I might find as the monads I was to visit had hardly any records, probably as to get to them was a lengthy walk. Stiff Salt Marsh Grass Puccinellia rupestris Here's a view of Southend from Allhallows marshes. The telephoto lens compresses the distance. There's about 3 miles of River Thames estuary between the grass sea wall and the buildings of Southend! It also shows the typical habitat of the area. I then found Ononis spinosa (Spiny Restharrow) and Trifolium fragifera (Strawberry Clover) both Kent RPR species, but as they featured in the last blog, I won't go into detail again. However, the Strawberry Clover was a big hit with Red Tailed Bumblebees. This one was rather faded! Bombus lapidariu

Romney Marsh Botanical Recording 22-07-18

The coastal areas of the Romney Marsh and Dungeness in particular, are very well recorded. However, go inland a bit and there are are opportunities to fill in the gaps for the BSBI 2020 atlas. Here's what I found this day. I was hoping to find Lesser Water Plantain, but that was not to be. This is the regular Water-Plantain, identified by its large elongated leaves. I then found an unrecorded colony of Marsh Mallow close to a very popular Romney Marsh pub. Althaea officinalis Here's a habitat photo, not exactly a beautiful setting, but a welcome sight all the same. Arctium minus Lesser Burdock, a very common plant, though it's always interesting looking for a Greater Burdock or a hybrid between the two. It's surprising what can turn up, even on an arable field. This Borage was found next to  a large rubble pile that had been abandoned for years. No doubt th