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Dry Sandford Pit & Parsonage Moor – 31st May 2009

On Sunday 31st May, Malcolm Storey led a field trip to the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust’s Dry Sandford nature reserve near Abingdon. The target species were solitary bees and wasps, which mine into the exposed sides of the former sand pit. A small ginger moth on Common Bird’s-foot Trefoil was later identified from photographs as Rannoch Looper – a new species for VC22 Berkshire. A web on a spindle bush contained the white caterpillars of the Spindle Ermine moth. A few Painted Lady butterflies were seen, stragglers from the mass invasion of the previous week. At the nearby Parsonage Moor reserve, rare fen flowers were found, including the insectivorous Common Butterwort, Marsh Lousewort, Marsh Valerian and Southern Marsh Orchid. A Cuckoo was heard calling nearby.

Dry Sandford Pit  SU468995


Hart’s-tongue Fern  Phyllitis scolopendrium

Marsh-marigold  Caltha palustris

Barberry  Berberis vulgaris

White Campion  Silene latifolia

Red Campion  Silene dioica

White x Red Campion hybrid  Silene x hampeana

Bladder Campion  Silene vulgaris

Amphibious Bistort  Persicaria amphibia

White Bryony  Bryonia dioica

Wild Mignonette  Reseda lutea

Weld  Reseda luteola

Red Currant Ribes rubrum

White Stonecrop  Sedum album

Trailing Tormentil  Potentilla anglica

Salad Burnet  Sanguisorba minor

Narrow-leaved Vetch  Vicia sativa ssp. nigra

Common Bird’s-foot Trefoil  Lotus corniculatus

Enchanter’s-nightshade  Circaea lutetiana

Spindle  Euonymus europaeus

Purging Buckthorn  Rhamnus cathartica

Fairy Flax  Linum catharticum

Hedgerow Crane’s-bill  Geranium pyrenaicum

Himalayan Balsam  Impatiens glandulifera

Rough Chervil  Chaerophyllum temulum

Wild Angelica  Angelica sylvestris

Common Centaury  Centaurium erythraea

Gypsywort  Lycopus europaeus

Hedge Woundwort  Stachys sylvatica

Common Toadflax  Linaria vulgaris

Field Madder  Sherardia arvensis

Ploughman’s-spikenard  Inula conyzae

Oxeye Daisy  Leucanthemum vulgare

Woolly Thistle  Cirsium eriophorum

Greater Knapweed  Cirsium scabiosa

Mouse-ear-hawkweed  Pilosella officinarum

Pendulous Sedge  Carex pendula

Black Bog-rush  Schoenus nigricans

Common Twayblade  Listerata ovata

Common Spotted-orchid  Dactylorhiza fuchsii

Early Marsh-orchid  Dactylorhiza incarnata ssp. incarnata

Rust on spindle     Melampsora epitea var. epitea (aecia)

Rust on Barberry:  Puccinia graminis (aecia)


Large Red Damselfly  Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum

Broad-bodied Chaser  Libellula depressa

Red-headed Cardinal Beetle  Pyrochroa serraticornis

A whirligig beetle

Viburnum Leaf Beetle  Pyrrhalta viburni



Common Blue

Painted Lady


A web of Spindle Ermine caterpillars

Silver-ground Carpet

Rannoch Looper  (a new record for VC22 Berkshire)

Pale Tussock

Straw Dot

Volucella bombylans

A solitary bee



Garden Warbler

Reed Warbler


Reed Bunting

The road between Dry Sandford Pit and Parsonage Moor

Dwarf Mallow  Malva neglecta

Round-leaved Crane’s-bill  Geranium rotundifolium

Parsonage Moor

Grass-of-Parnassus  Parnassia palustris

Brooklime  Veronica beccabunga

Marsh Lousewort  Pedicularis palustris

Common Butterwort  Pinguicula vulgaris

Marsh Valerian  Valeriana dioica

Meadow Thistle  Cirsium dissectum

Southern Marsh-orchid  Dactylorhiza praetermissa


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