Tuesday, 18 March 2014


Dimminsdale. Image: R. Rogers
Excellent crytogam meeting on Saturday: fifteen of us met at Dimminsdale, including Ivan Pedley, who kindly stepped in as leader and also guided us through beginner moss ID - yet again! 

It took us a while to get out of the car-park, as Ivan found a lichen on an ash tree which is only the second or third county record. But of course Ivan usually manages to do this! 

Polytrichum piliferum
Image: D. Nicholls
Because this wasn't a vascular plant recording meeting - and because the sun was shining - and because I'm hopeless at cryptogams - I didn't fill in a recording card and so can't give you any species names until Ivan sends in his lists - one for lichens and one for mosses. Sorry! 

Should've consulted Jonathan Mitchley's very helpful crib notes to families of Mosses.

Dimminsdale. Image: R. Rogers 
But this was the final cryptogam meeting of the winter, before we start focusing again on vascular plants, and there will be recording cards aplenty to fill in if we are going to cover the whole county ready for the third BSBI Atlas

Lunularia cruciata
Image: D. Nicholls
Well, we are a BSBI group and Spring is on its way :-) 

The next scheduled meeting isn't until April but I'm already dreaming of Violets and Wood Anemones and just can't wait, so am thinking of Doodling a sneaky woodland meeting before then to see what's coming through. Watch this space and let's head for the woods asap!

Thanks are due to both Richard Rogers and Dave Nicholls for allowing publication here of their images.

The VC55 mob gets close to the county limits...
Image: R. Rogers
Dave's images are usually all destined for his local recording website NatureSpot - and if you live in VC55 and haven't heard of NatureSpot, do take a look. 

If you live outside VC55 all I can say is, poor you - no sorry, I mean: maybe Dave can offer some pointers on how to set up something similar?

And my thanks to the wonderful Paul Stevens who gave me a lift to Dimminsdale and so made it possible for me to join the meeting. 

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