Friday, 1 March 2019

SNIPPETS OF WEALTH (MARCH 2019)




Tuesday 12th March 2019 - Burton Memorial Hall

Enjoyed doing presentation for the Kent Lune Trefoil Guild on Bird Migration and the Orchids of Hutton Roof

Saturday 9th March 2019 - Dalton Crags

Asplenium scolopendrium - early day croziers 4ft down a gryke on limestone pavement
showing as early as 9th March 2019

Showing next to last years scollies, I have never known them so early, this is the only low gryke they are showing. I checked out scores today, they must have been warm and comfortable to come through so early.  They are about 4ft down the gryke and beyond touching distance.


Asplenium scolopendrium - unusual discolouration today on this frond found in Dalton Crags today Saturday 9th March 2019 - Click over to enlarge

More left over oldies at Dalton Crags today

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Thursday 7th March 2019 - Holme Stinted Pastures




Checking out the Daphne Mezereone with Ian (the Daphne man!)

Wednesday 6th March 2019 - Nelson, Lancs

Enjoyed doing my Bird/Vismig presentation to members of the Nelson Naturalist Society

Tuesday 5th March 2019 - Holme Stinted Pastures (Hutton Roof)

Rare unusual Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair spleenwort) lengths and also some nice lichens

Photo: taken on Holme Stinted Pastures on 5th March 2019 (Click over to enlarge)

Showing two large 'Trichomanes' (Maidenhair spleenwort) fronds which I found today and taken from the same plant (see photos below). I have never seen anything so long. The frond lengths of the top frond (dark frond) is: from tip to Low pinnae 10 1/2" or (27cm) add extra 2" for stipe. And the bottom frond (light frond) is: from tip to low pinnae 8 1/8" or (24 3/4"cm)



These two photos above show the fronds in situ. A limestone pavement with a grike. In the grike is growing a small tree. About 3ft down the grike you can see a A. Scolopendrium (Harts Tongue fern) and from the surface of the limestone grows a large A. Trichomanes (Maidenhair Spleenwort) with lots of large fronds just like the ones you see above. All the fronds seem large and its possible there could be more even longer. The whole area is showing large amounts of A. ruta-muraria (Common Wall Rue).

I was drawn to these specimens and other nearby specimens because they looked slightly different than the norm, together with this extraordinary length of fronds makes them especially interesting and I have called upon my friend and his expert friends for their wisdom and advice. For now I have included a few more photos.


 A. Trichomanes at the extraordinary length of 10 1/2" (or 27cm from tip to lowest pinnae

This shows both specimens with the sori on view (Click over to enlarge)

This shows the 'weak' version of sori on the rear of Specimen 2 (the smaller frond)

Asplenium Trichomanes (Maidenhair Spleenwort) part of the frond belonging Specimen 2 (the smaller frond)

Asplenium Trichomanes (Maidenhair Spleenwort) part of the frond belonging Specimen 2 (the smaller frond)

Asplenium Trichomanes (Maidenhair Spleenwort) part of the frond belonging Specimen 1 (the larger frond)

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Nice rock with a tree growing from it's centre on Holme Stinted Pastures today (5th March 2019)

It's some sort of strange animal with a eye, a sharp sloping face, and legs tucked under like a frog, but what do you think of it's rather grand crested antlers, they tell me it's prehistoric!! - Run boy run!

What a beautiful lichen found on Holme Stinted Pastures today (5th March 2019)
Squamarina cartilaginea

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Monday 4th March 2019 - Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT) and Hutton Roof Common
Early Purple Orchids


Orchis mascula (Early Purple Orchid) - Click over to enlarge
Photo: 4th March 2019 - Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT)

These (above) were all taken today within a area of 10ft diameter and show several Early Purple Orchid rosettes at their current stage.  The spotted leaf one showing the 50p is about 4" in diameter and most of the others are between 3" and 4"

Monday 4th March 2019 - Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT) and Hutton Roof Common

Sanicula europaea (Sanicle), Asplenium viride (Green Spleenwort)
Polystitchum lonchitis (Holly Fern No.1) Polystitchum lonchitis (Holly Fern No.2)
Photo: taken Hutton Roof Common on 4th March 2019

These (above) were taken today whilst on Hutton Roof, I went to check out the Holly Ferns, via the Green Spleenworts and on a route which does have plenty of Sanicle


Saturday 2nd March 2019 - Holme Stinted Pastures - Hutton Roof

Daphne Mezereone at its very best and lots of frogs at their spawning pond on Holme Stinted Pastures


Daphne Mezereone as of 2nd March 2019 (Click over to enlarge)

The above are a collage showing different views of the gorgeous aromatic plant.  We even have some of the lovely green leaves showing. To see full views of the above plants check out the individual shots below.



Daphne Mezereone as of 2nd March 2019 (Click over to enlarge)

Daphne Mezereone as of 2nd March 2019 (Click over to enlarge)

Daphne Mezereone as of 2nd March 2019 (Click over to enlarge)

 Daphne Mezereone as of 2nd March 2019 (Click over to enlarge)

 Daphne Mezereone as of 2nd March 2019 (Click over to enlarge)

Daphne Mezereone as of 2nd March 2019 (Click over to enlarge)


 Shows frogs at their spawning pool

Shows frogs at their spawning pool

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Friday 1st March 2019 - Pickles and Lancelot


What I saw whilst heading through Pickles Wood and Lancelot Clark Storth
yesterday (February 28th 2019)
Top L: Black Spleenwort Top R: Green Elf Cup
Bottom L: 'Stick em up' Bottom R: Common Polypody

Had a party of at least 70 Redwing feeding up behind Russell Cottage (Dalton Hamlet). The special bonus was that beside them calling their regular "see-ip" magic, some of them also called their rare roosting single syllable deep gruff call. Maybe they are roosting there. I am sure this could well be the same party which have been seen recently over in Curwen Wood. 

For the second time in a week I have had the beautiful little Marsh Tits calling from the same area eg: behind Russell Cottage (Dalton Hamlet) 

A couple of Song Thrush were singing and one of them procured the following (short version), to hear the full version you must go and check them out - here we go

Tuchat, tuchat, tuchat (too chat),
Wit, Wit, Wit,
What wi, what wi, what wi,
Who wit hoo won, who whit hoo won, who whit hoo won,
Tuchoo, tuchoo, tuchoo,
Wititoo, wititoo, wititoo,
Whit-ee, whit-ee, whit-ee
Chew, chew, chew, chew,
Wee-ip, wee-ip, wee-ip,
Starling squabble chatter,
single "trimphone" call,
Tuchoo, tuchoo, tuchoo
Hou-whit, hou-whit, hou-whit,
Tuchoo, tuchoo, tuchoo
and lots lots more....

Chiffchaff on 25th February (Wivenhow Woods - South of England)
Wheatear seen on 26th Feb, Ferrybridge Nr. Portland Bill.
Sand Martins seen at Brockhole (27th), Leighton Moss (24th) and Marshside on (27th).

I have recently had Brimstones, Comma and Red Admiral and there have also been reports of Painted Lady both local and throughout the Country as a whole.

Lots of large bumblebees local in Burton on pussy willow and ivy (27th Feb).