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Pierrepont plant ponder

by Brian Lavers

Bill Young and Brian Senior examine the first section of the first quadrat. Six more quadrats, at 5 metre intervals, were surveyed along the length of the 30 metre tape stretching into the distance

Bill Young (in the green boots) and Brian Senior examine the first section of the first quadrat. Six more quadrats, at 5 metre intervals, were surveyed along the length of the 30 metre tape stretching into the distance.

This year’s Spring plant survey along the 30-metre transect through the edge of the Tankersford chestnut coppice again provided plenty to puzzle over, a challenge made more challenging by the fact that not one of the plants boasted a flower.

However, the monitoring volunteers brushed off such minor difficulties and rose to the occasion, identifying the following:

Town Hall Clock* Ground Ivy Violet
Honeysuckle Common Sorrell Bramble
Dog’s Mercury Chickweed Foxglove
Common Nettle Ivy Wood Sage
Red Campion Hawthorn Figwort
Bracken

*Moschatel (Adoxa moschatellina), is also known as Town Hall Clock, as it has flowers on its four “faces” (with an upward-facing fifth on top) or Five-faced Bishop.


Webmaster’s apology This article should have appeared back in early April, but I have only just found it in a dark and not often visited corner of my inbox, right at the back and behind a much bigger story. Apologies to Brian and the other monitoring volunteers. Rod Kebble