First 2017 Survey - 9 June 2017 - Botany 1

On a lovely sunny afternoon 10 members met to start the new session of surveys at Medmerry.  Unfortunately, it was still quite windy which sometimes made identifying plants difficult – and was certainly very difficult for taking photographs!

 Our survey site was looking beautiful and full of colour, predominantly made up of Ox-eye daisies and Tufted vetch but it soon became clear that there was much more to it than that.  A total of 47 plant species was recorded and it was noticed, comparing with last year’s list, that some expected species had failed to appear while others were found that had not been discovered last year.  It became apparent that our site was quite dynamic.

 Among  the birds seen or heard in the area were Swifts, a couple of which flew by at speed as we arrived at the Easton Lane car park.  Then Whitethroat and Lesser whitethroat were heard singing,  together with Skylark and Reed bunting.  Later on Linnets and a Mediterranean gull were heard and a distant Chaffinch.

 More colour was provided by many 5-spot and 6-spot Burnet moths which were on the Tufted vetch.  A Cinnabar moth was also noted.  Common blue and Azure damselflies were present.  Butterflies included many Meadow brown and a couple of Common blue.  Unfortunately, no Painted ladies were seen.  There were also many Buff-tailed bumblebees and a Red-tailed bumblebee investigating the nectar-rich sward.

 The surveyors all worked extremely hard to get every plant they found identified and recorded.  All felt satisfied with a job well done and a very enjoyable afternoon was spent.  We look forward to the quadrat survey next week and just hope that the weather will be kinder than it was last year.  The rain was so heavy then that the survey was abandoned.

 Philippa Arnott

Tall Fescue
Tall Fescue

6-spot burnet on tufted vetch

Gathering the results

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