Saturday, 14 January 2017
Thursday, 12 January 2017
Flower head about to open.
Above: underside of flower. Below: whole plant.
Friday, 30 December 2016
Above map shows all monads where 100+ species have been recorded since the year 2000.
Black columns – the average number of species recorded for all monads where 100+ species recorded in a single visit in each calendar month since the year 2000.
Red line – shows the number of days spent in each calendar month since the year 2000 where 100+ species recorded on a single visit. Very interesting to see that July has had so little recording compared to other summer months.
I think you could say we got rather carried away with recording in 2016 as 127,364 records were collected. 48,000 more than any other year. All have been entered into MapMate and sent onto the BSBI DDb database.
Recording took place over the whole year. Records were received from 43 people besides me and my joint vice-county recorder Paula O’Meara. The majority sent in records for the flower of the month the Wexford Naturalists’ Field Club chose to record. This proved highly successfully and popular amongst club members. Many monads had gaps filled for spring species like Ficaria verna (Lesser Celandine) where Paula and I had recorded at a time of year when it wasn’t showing.
53 new species and hybrids were added to the county list, and if you include subspecies and varieties there were 86 new for Wexford. Of these, only 6 were native:
Alchemilla glabra (Smooth Lady's-mantle)
Atriplex glabriuscula (Babington's Orache) x Atriplex prostrata (Spear-leaved Orache)
Atriplex x hulmeana (Atriplex littoralis (Grass-leaved Orache) x Atriplex prostrata (Spear-leaved Orache)
Atriplex longipes (Long-stalked Orache) x Atriplex littoralis (Grass-leaved Orache)
Rumex x knafii (Rumex conglomeratus (Clustered Dock) x Rumex maritimus (Golden Dock)
Nitella opaca (a Stonewort)
Monday, 31 October 2016
It was a great finish to the end of the recording season!
Friday, 28 October 2016
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Below - Fumaria bastardii var. bastardii - note the upper petal is pale pink.
Now I have got used to doing the two var. I can normally do then before I get close to the plants as var. bastardii is a even pale pink all over apart from the red tip of the. Whilst var. hibernica often is white grading into a darker pink before the dark red tips.