Thursday, 17 December 2020

Finding a new Polypodium cambricum on Hutton Roof Crags (17th December 2020).

 


Wednesday 17th November 2020 - NEW Polypodium cambricum on Hutton Roof - SEE BELOW

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Thursday 19th November 2020 - Nice stroll or wander with fabulous wonders and my December copy for the local magazine - SEE BLOG BELOW THESE LINKS.....

CHECKING OUT SOUTHERN POLYPODY AND BLACK SPLEENWORT PLUS FUNGI, FUNGI AND MORE FUNGI - Click here

Another recent blog on"The best moments of vis so far this year - click here

Click over the Links: 

 2020 Visible Bird Migration records 

"Strange Polypodium Interjectum found in Burton (17th Oct 2020)

Cloud and Sunrise photo blog - click here

The new Orchid book "Britains Orchids" by Sean Cole and Mike Waller - please click this link for details.

Varieties of our local Hutton Roof Gentians and the reason for the 50/50 Purple and White, plus my research survey results. Plus "Upland Enchanters Nightshade (circae x intermedia)

 More Autumn Gentian photos (2020) can be seen here

Northern Greenland Wheatear (Oenanthe o. leucorrhoa)
Crossbills (chicks in late December etc)


Finding a new Polypodium cambricum on Hutton Roof Crags (17th December 2020)


Today was rather special thanks to Martin who lives in the village of Hutton Roof who so kindly put me on to what he considered to be possible Southern Polypody. He did give me some instructions plus a reasonable gps to find them, but from his notes I had a idea to just were these beauties were.  After all we already had a well established 50 frond population growing from the sides of "Hanging Scar" boulder which was roughly about 100 yards south on a slightly higher elevation.

When Martin first got in touch about these, what excited me most and looking at his photographs was that these were actually growing on trees and for me I had never seen or recorded this species actually growing on trees before from anywhere on Hutton Roof and this just had to be a first.

Clambering up the established nearby footpath with excitement I glanced over to my right hand side, to roughly the area that had been outlined to me and straightaway I noticed a very large boulder (see photo above) ram jammed full of "Cambricum" beauties of all sizes, but some in particular just had some really amazing fronds so big so big which just looked like they could have been sprouting from out of the top of the boulder and some of the larger fronds had the typical droop down fashion which you come to expect with Polypodiums. I was itching to get my camera out and take photos of these rare beauties. I have in the past had large fronds, but some of these were some of the biggest I had ever seen and I have tried to show some photo examples for you to judge.  I took measurement of one particular frond which was a good 12" with a stipe of some 6" bringing a total size of 18" and with a central width of some 7" which is going some. I managed to count at least 60 fronds of which some were really large and similar to the one I have already mentioned. The majority had a good "deltoid" shape look about them just what you like to see in a "Cambricum" and also all the fronds showed the lowest pinnae "inflexed". 

But Martin's examples were clearly found on a tree and not a boulder, but looking more close and sure enough within a yard or two was growing a beautiful but sad tree which had every one of it's branches covered with moss and out of the moss were growing small and much smaller specimens of "Cambricum". I wasnt sure what sort of tree it was and even wondered if it was a dying specimen because it just looked to me that it could well have been (but not sure).  In my excitement of the find I forgot to try and establish just what sort of tree it was.  It just looked like the boulder got the big boys whilst the tree got the kindergarten and babies. On the tree I would have estimated that at least 40 fronds were present.  Some just so small like I had never seen before (see photos).  I am now clear in my mind that the specimens on both the tree and the boulder had resulted in offspring set from the nearby "Hanging Scar" (100 yards South West - on a slightly higher level approx 20ft higher elevation).

Finally I thought it only right that I pay homage to our already established specimens which are still clinging to the sides of the fabulous rock itself, and just out of reach of stretching. We have about 50 fronds, spread over three sides of the rock. It was obvious that these ferns were surviving on this large boulder rock because of the moss patches which were clearly seen above the ferns, but in turn allowed for a slow release of moisture, obviously the same thing which must have been happening to the moss covered branches of the tree I found earlier.

An enchanting morning with some of the most beautiful ferns one is likely to see, and bringing our Hutton Roof "Cambricum" population count to 5 separate communities, with this area obviously being the most productive. 

And now to see the specimens, first the new ones on the actual boulder. (boulder photo shown in header)


Boulder near to Hanging Scar - Hutton Roof 

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Tree within yards of boulder shown above

(9 photos)















Hanging Scar Boulder

(8 photos)










To finish off - some nearby "vulgare"

 (Common Polypody) (4 photos)








Sunday, 22 November 2020

Nice Stroll or wander with fabulous wonders (Thursday 19th November 2020) also my December Copy for the local Rag...


Thursday 19th November 2020 - Nice stroll or wander with fabulous wonders and my December copy for the local magazine - SEE BLOG BELOW THESE LINKS.....


CHECKING OUT SOUTHERN POLYPODY AND BLACK SPLEENWORT PLUS FUNGI, FUNGI AND MORE FUNGI - Click here

***

Another recent blog on"The best moments of vis so far this year - click here

***

Click over the Links: 

 2020 Visible Bird Migration records 

"Strange Polypodium Interjectum found in Burton (17th Oct 2020)

Cloud and Sunrise photo blog - click here

The new Orchid book "Britains Orchids" by Sean Cole and Mike Waller - please click this link for details.

Varieties of our local Hutton Roof Gentians and the reason for the 50/50 Purple and White, plus my research survey results. Plus "Upland Enchanters Nightshade (circae x intermedia)

 More Autumn Gentian photos (2020) can be seen here

Northern Greenland Wheatear (Oenanthe o. leucorrhoa)
Crossbills (chicks in late December etc)




 Thursday 19th November 2020 Slape Lane, Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT)

It seems to take ages to get from A to B keep stopping to admire the rich beauties, but why on earth should I care when every glance is producing highlights whether it be fabulous plants most spent but some like the Red Campion coming back for another late blooming session! or fabulous fungi and lichens which have now come into their own.

I knew it was coming up somewhere along this canopied narrow slippery lane for me to see the Jelly Ear fungi which always appears to be so photogenic. A wrinkled ear or a furry velvety frosty look.


I feel pretty confident that this is the one called "Jelly Ear" (Auricularia auricula-judae)
found on Slape Ln, Burton In Kendal (Photo: 19th November 2020

 

It is coming up to the time of Holly and the Ivy, and for me the Ivy is so special and you get so much variation in the colour of it's leaves, just like the pair in the next photo. I feel it is such a shame when I see ivy cut back.  Why I especially love this particular plant is that it is probably the greatest food resource during the Autumn months for some of our main pollinators which include the wasp and hover-flies. 










(above) I wonder if this is "Nipplewort" ( Lapsana communis)






(Below) Hoggy, Hoggy Hoggy!! Hogweed - still blossoming some of the most beautiful umbellistic natural patterns, reminds me so much of when a child I would look through a kaleidoscope.  So beautiful to see on a lovely November day.















This one I believe is called "Candlesnuff Fungus" or its proper name "Xylaria hypoxylon"
It was found on decaying moss covered wood, its very impressive and also common on both Slape Lane and also within Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT). I guess the first thing that comes into my head is "antlers".

This one I believe is called "Candlesnuff Fungus" or its proper name "Xylaria hypoxylon"
It was found on decaying moss covered wood, its very impressive and also common on both Slape Lane and also within Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT). I guess the first thing that comes into my head is "antlers".




(above) This is Crystal Brain Fungus or (Myxarium nucleatum which I am told is more recently called Exidia nucleata) I should have known straightaway, I have seen it thousands of times before. 



One of my favourites showing some Harts Tongue Fern and lots of spent Sweet Woodruff.
The area within Lancelot Clark Storth is probably the largest Woodruff population on Hutton Roof with examples throughout the approach within Lancelot and even more within Pickles Wood.  There is a time when Woodruff, Anemone and Bluebells can be seen at once covering the woodland/limestone floor.


(above) This is Crystal Brain Fungus or (Myxarium nucleatum which I am told is more recently called Exidia nucleata) I should have known straightaway, I have seen it thousands of times before. 








Spring Sandwort (Minuartia verna)


Just Look at these splendid Mouse Ear Hawkweed and check the bristles

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Local Magazine copy - ready for December
Late Swifts, which we had in September, then we had another sighting in October and we have just left behind November, what is going on! Yes it appears that we are starting to get Swifts over Burton later and later in the year. It was only a few days ago (18th Nov) that local birdwatcher Phil Mann spotted a Swift flying around the Drovers Way at the bottom of Neddy Hill, he alerted the birding community on the hotline and one or two got there in time to see the bird for themselves, sadly by the time I and others arrived the bird had already moved on.
The Swifts are again in the highlights with fantastic things going on with the new builds behind the old Royal Pub. Our local builder Graham Wilson has given early initiative for the inclusion of several new Swifts homes to be built within his new properties together with the maintaining of their original nest sites on the older Royal Cottage and annexes. This is brilliant news and is a great example of leading the way and we are all so grateful to him for his actions.
Little going on now in the way of visible bird migration, but we have had some cracking parties of Pink Footed Geese and Whooper Swans in the past week or two, which have come over Burton some heading South West to Martin Mere but the majority heading to the South East and probably on to Lincolnshire or Norfolk.
The Holly and the Ivy time of the year is quickly advancing and it’s great to see so much of our area showing ivy. It is such a special plant and so important! It is the main source of food during the Autumn for our important pollinators the wasp and the hover flies etc.
It must have been especially mild this year because I am seeing several species of flowers coming through for their second showing. This week I have had some nice Red Campion flowering along Slape Lane and I am still seeing examples of the rare Spring Sandwort, Bush Vetch, Herb Robert, Nipplewort and beautiful flower of the umbellifer Hogweed.
Ferns are also on the menu. Now the birding vismig season is rapidly coming to a close, it give me more time to investigate some of our lovely local ferns. Only this week I managed to locate a small new population of the Black Spleenwort on Vicarage Lane, I checked out some of our rare Southern Polypody which resides on top of a boulder standing at about 8ft high, which lies deep within canopied woodland in Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT). It was a month or two back I last visited our two Holly Ferns and so they too will be on the agenda for a visit over the coming weeks. I am going to have some well stretched exercise walks on Hutton Roof.
Fungi and Lichen, well I keep taking photos of some lovely examples which I regularly find on Hutton Roof, but little do I know about them and constantly having to check out the knowledge of the field guide. I am glad I am not a forager and have the necessary need to find them to sustain a living, I would without doubt be one that would probably die of hunger or maybe a worse death of poisoning!