© Andrew Moon

Little did we know when we did the Wildflower Walk in June 2019 that we would not be joining together for another until June 2021.

In 2020 Janet Lowndes and I undertook Wildflower counts around Stockers Lake, which we shared with our members. Therefore, the continuity of the surveys has not been lost. However, it is not the same as having like minded FoSL members to share the experience with.

Janet and I were joined by John, Chris, Tina, Russell, Alison, on a dull but dry day. Keeping our social distancing, we were able to identify a good number of wildflowers.

Below is a list of those we found. Not quite as many as we have seen in previous years which was perhaps due to the amount of nettles, grasses and bindweed that had grown up along the paths over the past year.

 

Linda Ascroft

 

Plants Identified

Russian Comfrey
Germander Speedwell
Nipplewort
Common Ragwort
Yellow Flag
Hedge Bindweed
Hedge Mustard
Dittander
Yarrow
Branched Bur-reed
Bittersweet
Bramble
Cut-leaved Crane’s-bill
Cow Parsley
Ribwort Plantain
Creeping Thistle
Cleavers
White Dead Nettle
Smooth Sow-thistle
Water Chickweed (pictured)
Broad-leaved Dock
Goat’s Beard
Greater Plantain
Creeping Cinquefoil
Elder
Great Willowherb
Common Nettle
Green Alkanet
Creeping Buttercup
Greater Burdock
Hogweed
Herb Robert
Field Forget-me-not
Hedge Woundwort
Hemp Agrimony
Spear Thistle
Dove’s-foot Crane’s-bill
Dandelion
Water Mint
Hedge Bedstraw
Common Comfrey
Hemlock Water-dropwort
Dog Rose
Meadowsweet
Wood Avens
Common Knapweed
Common Figwort
Garlic Mustard
Broad-leaved Helleborine
Shepherd’s Purse
Red Dead-nettle
Red Campion
Meadow Crane’s-bill
Red Clover
Oxeye Daisy
Pineappleweed
Tufted Vetch
Buckthorn
Daisy
Wood Dock
Hop Trefoil
Viola
Enchanter’s Nightshade
Traveller’s-joy (clematis/old man’s beard)
Stinking Iris
Lesser Stitchwort
Gypsywort
Ground Ivy
Coltsfoot
Silverweed
Common Valerian
Dog’s mercury
Celery-leave Buttercup
Knotgrass
Common Orache
White clover
Orange balsam
Prickly Sow-thistle
Angelica
Bryony
Hedge Bindweed
Wild White Bryony
Black Bryony
Fat-hen
Red Bartsia (seen in 2nd cattle meadow)
Ivy
Common Hop (seen in Aquadrome)
Spindle (seen on path near iron bridge)
Hedge Bedstraw
Spear thistle
Guelder Rose

91 species