Nine members met at what had been the Coach and Horses pub on a brilliantly sunny morning after the first serious frost of the autumn. The route followed an apparently little-used path through The Leas, down to the Old Mill, over the Blackwater, then meandered in Bramshill Plantation, emerged at Well House Farm and returned to Farley Hill via Jouldings Farm.
Over 30 species of plants were found in bloom and a very wide variety of fungi. Spectacular shows of holly, guelder rose and spindle fruit indicated the advance of autumn. Few birds were seen, prominently buzzards at the start of the walk. Recently disturbed land in Bramshill Plantation provided a good display of Blue Fleabane and there were good specimens of an unidentified Hawkweed beside the path approaching Well House Farm. Nourishment was provided by blackberries, not yet claimed by the devil, and sloes, sweetness taking over from tartness as the season progresses.
Serious nourishment was obtained, in very pleasant surroundings in the Magpie and Parrot at Shinfield.
|Capsella bursa-pastoris||Shepherd’s Purse|
|Centaurea nigra||Lesser Knapweed|
|Daucus carota||Will Carrot|
|Erigeron acer||Blue Fleabane|
|Impatiens glandulifera||Himalayan Balsam|
|Lamium album||White Deadnettle|
|Lamium amplexicaule||Henbit Deadnettle|
|Leontodon autumnalis||Autumn Hawkbit|
|Leontodon hispidus||Rough Hawkbit|
|Ranunculus flammula||Lesser Spearwort|
|Trifolium pratense||Red Clover|
|Trifolium repens||White Clover|
|Clitopilus prunulus||The Miller|
|Coprinus comatus||Shaggy Inkcap|
|Fistulina hepatica||Beefsteak Fungus|
|Wasps on Ivy|
Text by Chris Bucke; Photos by Ricki Bull