Fun Botanising and Conchologising
People go out for a period of up to 3 hours during 1 to 4 January, and count how many wild plants they can find IN BLOOM, and send in the results. It is the third year Craven Conservation Group have taken part.
See our results for 2017 at Settle on the map
This year they have a new app/website program to enter results direct via IRECORD, So the the results appear straight away. Last year I sent them an Excel worksheet.
On 1 January for 1 1/2 hours three of us searched some of the same streets and alleyways in Settle as the previous two years. west of Church Street (B6480)
On the 2nd Jan, Melanie and I, and Ruby the dog (see above) searched on the rest of the streets west of Church Street (B6480) and also found some new corners and back pathways, the land next to the electricity substation near the entrance of Mill Close being especially productive.
Hairy Bittercress (would like to double check that) and
discovery of Red Valerian (video coming shortly)
|Looking at the big patches of Porpidia tuberculosa, |
and under the ledge is Opegrapha gyrocarpa
We searched for the "Heath Snail" - Helicella itala - that used to be commoner Yorkshire 50 or 100 years ago ( map ) but is now decreasing/rare except along the east coast.
It is easy to recognise as it has a large umbilicus (hole in the centre underneath) and is fairly flat. The Heath snails are are in the top right half of the picture below.
The two long snails are "Door snails- (Clausilia sp), and I think the shiny flat one i the foreground is a Glass snail (Oxychilus sp)
|The walk back to the road. Settle is in the distance, far right.|
|Anthers of Soft Brome|
|A spikelet of Bread Wheat (or Common Wheat) Triticum aestivum|
|And the anthers from a floret of wheat|
|Vulpia myuros Rat's-tail Fescue grass. And Ruby|