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Morgaston Woods – 18th April 2009

peopleOn Saturday 18th April, Renee Grayer led a walk in Morgaston Wood near Sherbourne St. John. Setting out from The Vyne Car Park the group had wonderful views across the water to the main house which is believed to have the first portico on a domestic building in Britain. On the water both coots and great crested grebes were nesting and a yellow wagtail posed by the stream. The walk through the woods revealed both early and common dog violet, daphne laureola, several hop vines, Goldilocks buttercups and Townhall Clock plants (so named because the flowerhead has flowers facing each of the four sides (like the traditional clocks seen on town halls). There were examples of St. George’s mushrooms as well as carpets of bluebells in the woods.

Plant species observed

Adoxa moschatellina

Moschatel, Townhouse clock

Ajuga reptans

Bugle

Alliaria petiolata

Garlick mustard

Anemone nemorosa

Wood anemone

Anthriscus sylvestris

Cow parsley

Arum maculatum

Cuckoo pint, Lords and Ladies

Cardamine pratensis

Lady’s smock; Cuckoo flower

Cerastium fontanum

Common mouse-ear chickweed

Conopodium majus (leaves)

Pignut

Daphne laureola

Spurge laurel

Euphorbia amygdaloides

Wood spurge

Galium odoratum

Woodruff

Geranium robertianum

Herb-Robert

Glechoma hederacea

Ground-ivy

Humulus lupulus

Hop

Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Bluebell

Lamiastrum galeobdolon

Yellow archangel

Lamium album

White dead-nettle

Luzula pilosa

Hairy wood-rush

Melica uniflora

Wood melick

Lysimachia nemorum

Yellow pimpernell

Mercurialis perennis

Dog’s mercury

Oxalis acetosella

Wood-sorrel

Polygonatum multiflorum

Solomon’s seal

Potentilla sterilis

Barren strawberry

Primula veris

Cowslip

Primula vulgaris

Primrose

Ranunculus auricomus

Goldilocks buttercup

Ranunculus ficaria

Lesser celandine

Sanicula europaea

Sanicle

Scrophularia nodosa (leaves)

Common figwort

Stellaria holostea

Greater stitchwort

Veronica chamaedrys

Germander speedwell

Veronica montana

Wood speedwell

Vinca minor

Lesser periwinkle

Viola reichenbachiana

Early dog-violet

Viola riviniana

Common dog-violet

Fungi

Coprinus species

Birds:

Blue tit

Great spotted woodpecker

Song thrush

Chaffinch

Great tit

Willow warbler

Chiffchaff

Pheasant

Wren

Coot

Robin

Butterflies

Comma
Orange tip

moschatel

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