Piper Wood is an ancient woodland scraplet (records dating back to C14th apparently) so it was hardly surprising that we found no fewer than 9 Ancient Woodland criterion species (from this Local Wildlife Sites list for Leics.).
|Hannah, Jerry & Lamiastrum galeobdolon|
Anemone nemorosa Wood Anemone
Galium odoratum Sweet Woodruff
Lamiastrum galeobdolon Yellow Archangel (the real thing, not the garden escape/cultivar with those silver blotches)
Luzula sylvatica Great Wood-rush
Lysimachia nemorum Yellow Pimpernel
Millium effusum Wood Melick
Oxalis acetosella Wood Sorrel
Veronica montana Wood Speedwell
And we all agreed that we had never seen so much Sanicula europaea Sanicle in one wood.
Eleven of us out this evening - 10 botanists and Graham Finch, who did his own thing for most of the evening and will report back soon on his non-plant findings. Always good to hear what the Finches find.
Nice to see Jerry and Richard again - I love the way we can all drop in to meetings as we please, even if it's been a year or two! Jerry pointed out some galls and has sent us this nice link, so we can compare old maps of Piper Wood.
|Richard & Sam|
A very pleasant evening altogether :-)
Posted by Louise and all pix by me. Bit less blurry than usual?