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Alder Moors – 11 April 2015

Renée Grayer led a group of 23 members on a walk round Alder Moors in Woodley during which the striking visual appeal was the abundance of Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage Chrysosplenium opositifolium and Wood Anemones Anemone nemorosa. Only a few Bluebells Hyacinthoides non-scripta were open, but the Common Dog-violet Viola riviniana, the occasional Sweet Violet Viola odorata and Primroses Primula vulgaris added colour. Moschatel (Townhall Clock) Adoxa moschatellina was seen near the start of the walk together with Shining Crane’s-bill Geranium lucidum. The locality provided varied conditions: in the woods were found Wood Speedwell Veronica montana, Ivy-leaved Speedwell Veronica hederifolia, Dog’s Mercury Mercuralis perennis , Wood-sorrel Oxalis acetosella, Wood Avens Geum urbanum while the stream fringes harboured Hart’s-tongue Fern Asplenium scolopendrium and Soft Shield-fern Polystichum setiferum, Narrow-leaved Buckler Fern Dryopteris cristata, Water Figwort Scrophularia atropatana, Wavy Bittercress Cardamine flexuosa and Wild Angelica Angelica sylvestris. The Beggar’s Hill area offered more common species such as Bur Chervil Anthriscus caucalis and Cow Parsley Anthriscus sylvestris, Creeping-Jenny Lysimachia nummularia, Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolate, Green Alkanet Pentaglottis sempervirens and Spear Thistle Cirsium vulgare. A dead Shrew Sorex araneus was examined with interest, unlike the dead Fox Vulpes vulpes (although a live one was also sighted). An active pair of Treecreepers Certhia familiaris enthralled the group and two Coot chicks Fulica atra on the lake next to Ashenbury Park offered a reminder of the arrival of spring. The full species list is tabulated below:

 

RDNHS excursion to Alder Moors and Ashenbury Park led by Renée Grayer (SU7773 & SU7774) (23 people attending)

Fungi

Phragmidium violaceum Bramble rust. Urediospores and teliospores seen.

 

Lichens

Flavoparmelia caperata On Oak
Lecanora chlarotera
Lecidella elaeochroma
Lepraria incana Base of tree in hedge. Land’s End Lane
Parmelia sulcata On Oak
Parmotrema perlatum
Phaeophyscia orbicularis On Field Maple
Physcia adscendens On Ash
Physcia tenella Fruiting on Oak
Ramalina farinacea On Oak
Xanthoria parietina

 

Mosses & Liverworts

Hypnum cupressiforme
Orthotrichum affine On Field Maple
Polytrichastrum formosum On bank near Scout Campsite
Pellia epiphylla Low on banks of stream

 

Vascular plants

Acer campestre (Field Maple) Ashenbury Park
Acer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore )
Adoxa moschatellina (Moschatel ) Flowering
Alliaria petiolata (Garlic Mustard)
Alnus glutinosa (Alder )
Anagallis nemorum (Yellow Pimpernel)
Anemone nemorosa (Wood Anemone) Flowering
Angelica sylvestris (Wild Angelica)
Anthriscus caucalis (Bur Chervil)
Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow Parsley)
Arctium minus (Lesser Burdock)
Arum maculatum (Lords-and-Ladies )
Asplenium scolopendrium (Hart’s-tongue Fern)
Bellis perennis (Daisy ) Flowering
Brachypodium sylvaticum (False-brome )
Bryonia dioica (White Bryony)
Caltha palustris (Marsh-marigold ) Flowering
Cardamine flexuosa (Wavy Bitter-cress) Flowering
Carex pendula (Pendulous Sedge)
Chelidonium majus (Greater Celandine)
Chrysosplenium oppositifolium (Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage) Flowering
Cirsium arvense (Creeping Thistle)
Cirsium vulgare (Spear Thistle)
Corylus avellana (Hazel )
Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn )
Dactylis glomerata (Cock’s-foot )
Dryopteris cristata (Narrow-leaved Buckler Fern)
Euphorbia peplus (Petty Spurge) Flowering
Ficaria verna (Lesser Celandine) Flowering
Filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet)
Fraxinus excelsior (Ash ) Flowering
Galium aparine (Cleavers )
Geranium lucidum (Shining Crane’s-bill) Tippings Lane
Geranium robertianum (Herb-Robert )
Geum urbanum (Wood Avens)
Glechoma hederacea (Ground-ivy ) Flowering
Heracleum sphondylium (Hogweed )
Holcus lanatus (Yorkshire-fog )
Hyacinthoides non-scripta (Bluebell )
Hypericum androsaemum (Tutsan)
Ilex aquifolium (Holly )
Impatiens glandulifera (Indian Balsam) Seedlings
Iris pseudacorus (Yellow Iris)
Juncus effusus (Soft-rush )
Juncus inflexus (Hard Rush)
Lamiastrum galeobdolon ssp. argentatum
Lamium album (White Dead-nettle) Flowering
Lamium purpureum (Red Dead-nettle) Flowering
Lolium perenne (Perennial Rye-grass)
Lonicera periclymenum (Honeysuckle )
Lunaria annua (Honesty ) Flowering. Garden escape.
Luzula pilosa (Hairy Wood-rush) Flowering
Lysimachia nummularia (Creeping-Jenny)
Mentha aquatica (Water Mint)
Mercurialis perennis (Dog’s Mercury) Flowering
Myosotis sylvatica (Wood Forget-me-not) Flowering
Oenanthe crocata (Hemlock Water-dropwort)
Oxalis acetosella (Wood-sorrel ) Flowering
Pentaglottis sempervirens (Green Alkanet)
Plantago major (Greater Plantain)
Poa annua (Annual Meadow-grass) Flowering
Polypodium vulgare (Polypody)
Polystichum setiferum (Soft Shield-fern)
Primula vulgaris (Primrose ) Flowering
Prunus avium (Wild Cherry) Flowering
Prunus cerasifera (Cherry Plum)
Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn ) Flowering
Pteridium aquilinum (Bracken )
Quercus robur (English Oak)
Ranunculus repens (Creeping Buttercup)
Ribes rubrum (Red Currant) Flowering
Rubus fruticosus agg. (Bramble)
Rumex obtusifolius (Broad-leaved Dock)
Sambucus nigra (Elder )
Scrophularia auriculata (Water Figwort)
Stellaria holostea (Greater Stitchwort)
Stellaria media (Chickweed) Flowering
Taraxacum officinale agg. (Dandelion)
Taxus baccata (Yew )
Ulex europaeus (Gorse ) Flowering. Ashenbury Park.
Ulmus procera (English Elm)
Urtica dioica (Common Nettle)
Veronica hederifolia (Ivy-leaved Speedwell) Flowering
Veronica montana (Wood Speedwell)
Viola odorata (Sweet Violet) Flowering. Garden escape. Land’s End Lane.
Viola reichenbachiana (Early Dog-violet) Flowering
Viola riviniana (Common Dog-violet) Flowering

 

Insects

Stigmella aurella Leaf mine on Bramble caused by a moth larva.
Phytomyza ilicis Leaf mine on Holly caused by a fly larva.

 

Mammals

Sorex araneus Common Shrew.
Vulpes vulpes Fox.

 

Birds

Anas platyrhynchos Mallard
Anser anser Greylag Goose
Ardea cinerea Grey Heron
Branta canadensis Canada Goose
Certhia familiaris Tree Creeper.
Cygnus olor Mute swan
Fringilla coelebs Chaffinch
Fulica atra Coot.

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