Bradford Botany Group

Dunsop Bridge Visit

17th August 2013

 

 

 

A party from Yorkshire wound their way to Lancashire along very narrow roads to Dunsop Bridge, a joint visit with Nelson Naturalists Society, arranged and led by our member David. The weather forecast had been atrocious, but 16 of us had ignored it.

 

Most unusually, our walk was to be on well made paths, and on the flat. Our Honorary Recorder, Geoffrey, was kept very busy with his and members` sightings.

White Hemp Nettle

Our first interesting plant was Common Hemp-nettle - but in fact the uncommon white form. The delicacy of its throat markings was delightful. By the stream bank nearby, Jesse ensured that no-one missed the Whorled Mint (a hybrid between Water and Corn Mint). Shortly after coming over the wooden stream bridge, we admired the large yellow flowers of Perennial Sow-thistle, one of the cheerful delights of August. A boggy area containing large stands of Water Pepper caught our attention, and the tiny flowers of Blinks, so minuscule I`d never seen them before.

 

Bare ground is always attractive to botanists and large patches of this had Climbing Corydalis in profusion, together with Marsh Willowherb, Lesser Swinecress, Equal-leaved Knotgrass, and the always delightful Field Pansy. On a wall New Zealand Willowherb, by its name an alien invader, caught our eye.

Ivy-leaved Bellflower

A little further on we reached our goal, the attractive, but surprisingly small, Ivy-leaved Bellflower. This was a completely new plant to me and to several others. At first there appeared to be one patch, but as the group searched around, many more were found. Also in this rich area were Crowfoot and Sundew, coincidentally both of them were Round-leaved. Lunch was now calling and we started back to the car park. Unfortunately as we turned, so did the weather and finally we had heavy rain. Lunch was taken in the cars, with the rain increasing all the time so the general consensus was to conclude the meeting. We had all enjoyed a delightful and vastly informative walk.

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