© Andrew Moon
An overcast afternoon but luckily the rain held off and made for quite a comfortable walk.  16 of us gathered on the Causeway to see what wildflowers we would see this year.  This was in contrast to the year before, when we had to contend with hot unrelenting sunshine.
 
Janet Lowndes had the wealth of wildflower knowledge and we cannot thank her enough for joining us again.  Quite a number of those who were on the walk also had some knowledge of wildflowers and it was great to share information as we walked around Stockers Lake. 
 
Celery leaved buttercup was found at one of the fishermen’s areas, it thrives in damp places at the edge of water.  While common, Janet had not seen it at Stockers Lake before.
Unfortunately, this year we did not find Vipers Bugloss which last year we found in one of the meadows where the cattle are now.  We will look out for it next year.  We did find tree bumble bees nesting near the base of an old tree.  Something most of us had not seen before. A complete list of wildflowers and grasses identified is listed below.
 
Linda Ascroft
 
 
STOCKER’S LAKE Wildflowers found and identified: 14th June 2019
Agrimony
Angelica
Birdsfoot trefoil
Bittercress
Bittersweet
Black horehound
Bramble
Bristly ox tongue
Broad leaved dock
Broad-leaved helleborine
Bulrushes
Cat’s ear
Celery-leaved buttercup
Cleavers
Clematis (old man’s beard)
Coltsfoot
Common comfrey
Common knapweed
Common meadow-rue
Common mallow
Common mouse ear
Common ragwort
Common sorrel
Common valerian
Common vetch
Cow parsley
Creeping buttercup
Creeping thistle
Creeping cinquefoil
Curled dock
Cut leaf cranesbill
Daisy
Dandelion
Dittander
Dog Rose
Dogs’ mercury
Enchanter’s nightshade
Field rose
Forget-me-not
Garlic mustard
Germander Speedwell
Greater Burdock
Great Willowherb
Greater Plantain
Green alkanet
Ground ivy
Hedge Bindweed
Hedge bedstraw
Hedge mustard
Hedge woundwort
Hedgerow cranesbill
Hemlock water dropwort
Hemp agrimony
Himalayan/Indian balsam
Hoary willowherb
Hogweed (common
Ivy
Lesser stitchwort
Marsh chickweed
Meadow cranesbill,
Meadowsweet,
Meadow vetchling
Mugwort
Nettles
Nipplewort
Orange balsam
Oxeye daisy
Pineapple weed
Prickly sow thistle
Red bartsia
Red campion
Red clover
Red poppies
Remote sedge
Ribwort plantain
Rosebay willowherb
Russian comfrey
Self-heal
Silverweed
Smooth sow thistle
Smooth hawksbeard
Spear thistle
Stinking iris
St John’s Wort Square stalked
St John’s Wort Imperforate
Tufted vetch
Water chickweed
Water dock
Water figwort
Water mint
Wavy bittercress
White clover
White dead nettle
White water lily
Wood avens
Yarrow
Yellow iris
Yellow waterlily