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new FLORA OF CORNWALL now available!

Posted by on May 4, 2020 in Botanical Publications, New Cornwall Atlas, Recording, Slider, Uncategorized | Comments Off on new FLORA OF CORNWALL now available!

new FLORA OF CORNWALL now available!

The new Flora of Cornwall is now available £49 including postage and packing. Colin says – “this Flora of Cornwall is the most comprehensive so far. A 550-page, full colour, hardback book (slightly larger than A4), it is based on a survey of every kilometre square since 1999 and covers 3050 taxa and includes over 1200 distribution maps and more than 1500 photographs. It is based on 2.25 million flowering plant and fern computerised records. Sections include the effects of climate, geology, soils, topography, mining, quarrying...

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Monad recording in Cornwall up to 30th November 2018

Posted by on Dec 26, 2018 in New Cornwall Atlas, Recording, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Monad recording in Cornwall up to 30th November 2018

Monad recording in Cornwall up to 30th November 2018

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 30th November 2018 in preparation for a New Cornwall Atlas – hopefully published around end of 2020. During 2018 we have been targeting monads with fewer than 200 species recorded. During the present survey we have found that most monads in Cornwall have over 200 species, except the high moorland areas of Bodmin Moor where it is...

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Presidents’ Award for the New Flora of the Isles of Scilly

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Botanical Publications, Isles of Scilly, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Presidents’ Award for the New Flora of the Isles of Scilly

Presidents’ Award for the New Flora of the Isles of Scilly

No – not an award from THAT President! Rosemary Parslow and I, as well as the designer Glynn Bennallick, were delighted to be told last week that our recently published New Flora of the Isles of Scilly has been chosen to receive the ‘Presidents’ Award’, awarded each year by the Presidents of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) and the Wild Flower Society (WFS). The purpose of the Award is ‘to acknowledge the most useful contribution to the understanding of the flowering plants and ferns of Britain...

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

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Field Meeting | Comments Off on Field meeting – Sunday 13th March 2016 – north of Torpoint, SX45

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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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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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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Look out for Moschatel (Adoxa moschatellina)

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Plants to look for, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Look out for Moschatel (Adoxa moschatellina)

Look out for Moschatel  (Adoxa moschatellina)

Look out for Moschatel Adoxa moschatellina A species which can be locally abundant along river banks or in similarly damp and shaded conditions mostly in the valleys of mid and east Cornwall, especially in the Rivers Menalhyl, Camel and Allen, Fowey, East and West Looe, Seaton, Lynher, Tiddy, Inny, Neet, Strat, Valency and Marsland Water catchments. Further west it has been recorded beside the Gannel, but southwest of a line from Newquay to Par it is inexplicably rare or absent, being recorded in only two places, one near Penzance before 1909...

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Torpoint SX45 meeting report from 9th March 2014

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Field Meeting, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Torpoint SX45 meeting report from 9th March 2014

Torpoint SX45 meeting report from 9th March 2014 Nine members (Ian Bennallick, Matt Stribley, Mary and Tony Atkinson, Margaret Gardener, Joan Farmer and her daughter, Jolene, Bob Hodgson and Ray Roberts) met in glorious sunny and fairly warm weather at Thanckes Park, Torpoint, in the extreme southeast of Cornwall, on what was the best day since the previous September! The aim of the meeting was to update records in at least two 1km squares, and after a wet and mild winter it would be interesting to see what was around early in the season. In...

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Poppies and Marigolds at West Pentire

Posted by on Jul 6, 2013 in Arable plants, National Trust, Rare Plants of Cornwall, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Poppies and Marigolds at West Pentire

Poppies and Marigolds at West Pentire

UPDATE 11 July  – the fields have just been featured on BBC Spotlight. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b036p8fz/Spotlight_11_07_2013/ The news item starts at 16 minutes into the programme. The arable fields at West Pentire, managed by the National Trust, are now looking their best, with four of the fields a spectacular sight. The red Common Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) is dominant in one field (SW775663 – just south of West Pentire and accessible from the lane to Treago Mill from West Pentire), but also has golden yellow Corn...

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Golant walk 28th April 2013 report

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Field Meeting | Comments Off on Golant walk 28th April 2013 report

Golant walk 28th April 2013 report

Golant walk 28th April 2013 Eleven of us met at Golant SX123545 on the edge of the Fowey Estuary, intending to park at the pay and display car park but on the quiet Sunday morning the road along the quay was empty so we all parked there free of charge – high tides cover this road but we were lucky that we had just missed the last one. The weather was cloudy but not too cold but we all remarked how spring hadn’t really started, being about two to three weeks late, but still good to get out. The leaders were Margaret Gardener, who lives in...

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