Saturday, 26 May 2012

Botany Walk in Snuff Mills

On Tuesday evening whilst most of Bristol seemed to be watching something called the Olympic Flame a few took a walk through Snuff Mills with Botanists Rupert Higgins and Dawn Lawrence. An enjoyable 2 hours were spent wondering along the valley identifying some of the many wildflowers and plants. Here is a list that Rupert and Dawn identified along the valley Maidenhair Spleenwort (Asplenium trichomanes)
Ivy-leaved toadflax (Cymbalaria muralis)
Jack-By-The-Hedge (Alliaria petiolata)
Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris)
Herb Bennet (Geum urbanum)
Dog's mercury (Mercurialis perennis )
Broad Buckler Fern (Dryopteris dilatata)
Soft Shield Fern (Polystichum setiferum)
Wood Millet (Milium effusum)
Hart's-tongue Fern (Asplenium scolopendrium)
Wild Garlic (Allium ursinum)
Hemlock Water Dropwort (Oenanthe crocata)
Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
Pendulous sedge (Carex pendula )
Wood Speedwell (Veronica montana)
Red Campion (Silene dioica)
Lesser Burdock (Arctium minus)
Common Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium)
Greater Wood Rush (Luzula syvatica)
Small Leaved Lime (Tilia cordata)
Yellow Archangel (Lamium galeobdolon)
Lady's Smock (Cardamine Pratensis)
Small Teasel (Dipsacus Pilosus)
Spear Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Narrow-leaved Bitter-cress (Cardamine impatiens)
Wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris)
Germander Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys)
Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea)
Enchanter's nightshade (Circaea lutetiana)
Greater burdock (Arctium lappa)
Wall lettuce (Lactuca muralis)

Some being a bit more unusual than others but just goes to show how many wonderful plants can be seen when you take the time!

Thanks to Rupert and Dawn for their enthusiasm and knowledge and we look forward to next year!

All the photos of the different plants can be found on our facebook page so see if you can identify them next time you are having a stroll.

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