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Monad recording in Cornwall up to 13th November 2017

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in New Cornwall Atlas, Recording, Slider, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Monad recording in Cornwall up to 13th November 2017

Monad recording in Cornwall up to 13th November 2017

Colin French (BSBI vice-county recorder for West Cornwall) has produced the latest updated maps from the ERICA database showing the progress in recording in each monad (1 km x 1 km square) in Cornwall up to 13th November 2017 in preparation for a New Cornwall Atlas – hopefully published around 2020. Still lots in East Cornwall to do so if you are interested in helping please contact the BCG co-ordinator Ian Bennallick. Several monads under 200 are planned visits over December and January 2017/2018 – see separate post. Download...

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Field Meetings winter 2017 and 2018 now advertised

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Field Meeting, Slider | Comments Off on Field Meetings winter 2017 and 2018 now advertised

Field Meetings winter 2017 and 2018 now advertised

Due to popular demand by a few keen botanical field recorders I have arranged some meetings in the field for December and January, and also the annual indoor meeting on Saturday 27th January at Fraddon Village Hall. What? I hear you cry! Surely there isn’t anything around to record at this time of year? Last winter a few of us carried on recording, targeting mostly coastal areas and it was worthwhile until late January (February was less rewarding). Though some species weren’t showing, enough were found to push monad totals to over 200...

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New Flora of the Isles of Scilly – pre-publication offer ends 31st March 2017

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Botanical Publications, Isles of Scilly, Slider, Uncategorized | Comments Off on New Flora of the Isles of Scilly – pre-publication offer ends 31st March 2017

New Flora of the Isles of Scilly – pre-publication offer ends 31st March 2017

Some 28 miles southwest of the Cornish mainland are the beautiful Isles of Scilly, an archipelago of 150 small, rocky islands. Only five are inhabited and 40 have some higher vegetation. Surrounded by the sea and washed by the Gulf Stream the climate is mild, supporting a unique flora of both native and alien plants. This new account, authored by Rosemary Parslow and Ian Bennallick, updates the last Flora published for the islands, which was written nearly 50 years ago by J.E. Lousley in 1971. The New Flora covers nearly 1,000 species, both...

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Field Meetings 2016 now advertised

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Field Meeting, Site News | Comments Off on Field Meetings 2016 now advertised

Field Meetings 2016 now advertised

The programme of field meetings have been added to the website. To download pdf of the events see below. Photo – BCG group at Davidstow Woods, Jen Bousfield. Download Sample of Book (PDF, 483KB).

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BSBI New Year Plant Hunt 2016 – Newquay 3rd January

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Field Meeting, Uncategorized | Comments Off on BSBI New Year Plant Hunt 2016 – Newquay 3rd January

BSBI New Year Plant Hunt 2016 – Newquay 3rd January

The BSBI organised a New Year Plant hunt over the New Year 2016 (http://bsbipublicity.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/botanists-at-all-skill-levels-join-in.html) to see what plants in the wild would be in flower. The Botanical Cornwall Group organised a visit to Newquay on 3rd January 2016, where seven members (Ian Bennallick (BSBI vc2 East Cornwall recorder), Colin French (BSBI vc1 West Cornwall recorder), David Pearman, Matt Stribley, Judy Swift, Perry Smale and Peter Ealey) met near Trenance Gardens on an unexpectedly sunny day after a forecast of...

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Field meeting – Sunday 13th March 2016 – north of Torpoint, SX45

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Field meeting – Sunday 13th March 2016 – north of Torpoint, SX45

Sunday 13th March 2016 – North of Torpoint, SX45. A spring walk around 1km squares SX4256 and SX4356 which were not done in March 2015. Meet at free car park at Thanckes Park SX43195558. All winter walks start at 10.30am (so try to get to the meeting place by 10am) and usually finish at around 4pm. Meetings are open to all and are free unless otherwise stated. Bring hand-lens, notebooks and field guides if you wish, relevant OS 1:25000 maps and a GPS if you have one. Suitable clothing and footwear is recommended and bring a packed lunch. If...

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BCG Indoor annual meeting Saturday 20th February 2016 – Cornwall Wildlife Trust HQ, Allet, near Truro 9.30am – 3pm

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BCG Indoor annual meeting Saturday 20th February 2016 – Cornwall Wildlife Trust HQ, Allet, near Truro 9.30am – 3pm

Saturday 20th February 2016 – Cornwall Wildlife Trust HQ, Allet, near Truro 9.30am – 3pm The yearly indoor meeting will include a review of botanical happenings of 2015 in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly by Ian Bennallick, Colin French and Rosemary Parslow, a chance to view slides and photos, sell, donate or swap books, journals or other botanical related material and have a good chat! Colin French will give an update on the developments of the ERICA database and may be able to update those who have it on their computers during the day (but...

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Harebells on Pentire Point, SW98

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Field Meeting, Rare Plants of Cornwall, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Harebells on Pentire Point, SW98

Harebells on Pentire Point, SW98

Ten Botanical Cornwall Group members met up with Sarah Stevens of the National Trust and two volunteers at Pentire Point on the north coast of Cornwall near Polzeath SW97. The aim of the meeting was to count the number of plants of Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) at Pentire Point, SW9280 and SW9380. Harebell is very rare in Cornwall (and Devon) and is restricted as a native to coastal grassland and cliffs at Pentire Point in East Cornwall (vc2) and the west side of the Lizard in West Cornwall (vc1). It is has also been recorded in other...

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West Petherwin Woods walk 21st July 9:30am to approx. 3pm.

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Field Meeting, Uncategorized | Comments Off on West Petherwin Woods walk 21st July 9:30am to approx. 3pm.

West Petherwin Woods walk 21st July 9:30am to approx. 3pm.

Although the detailed programme needs to be decided, thanks to the kind permission from the farmers, Mr & Mrs Parsons, we are welcome to visit the woods as a wildlife group. Ian Bennallick from the Botanical Cornwall Group is interested because some of the plant records need up-dating and the evening before, Mary will run a moth lamp in the adjacent garden belonging to Mr & Mrs Montgomery and those who are interested can arrive earlier in time to see the moth catch. The woods are very lovely and contain a few less common plants for our...

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Rumex acetosa subsp. hibernicus in Cornwall

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Lizard, Plants to look for, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Rumex acetosa subsp. hibernicus in Cornwall

Rumex acetosa subsp. hibernicus in Cornwall

During a search for Land Quillwort Isoetes histrix on Predannack outcrop, the Lizard, SW67311627 on 26 April 2015 Dr Fred Rumsey noticed something different about the leaf of a plant of Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) [or ‘sour sabs as us Cornish folks do call it] on the outcrop. It was covered in minute papillate hairs – see photo. Fred has determined it as Rumex acetosa subsp. hibernicus or ‘Irish Sorrel’. Rumex acetosa subsp. hibernicus was last recorded in Cornwall at Gwithian SW5841, and on Heathy Hill, Bryher on the Isles...

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