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 rain. We targeted two 1km squares which held fewer than 200 vascular plant species recorded since 1999, in SW8160 and SW8161, walking from Trenance Gardens north to Great Western Beach and Tolcarne Point, then back south through Trenance to the River Gannel. All in 3 hours with several breaks. Even on a January day we found the following –
New to SW86 –
Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis
Also last recorded in SW86 in
Diplotaxis tenuifolia (1919)
Sedum acre (1909)
SW8161 – Trenance north to Tolcarne Point and Great Western Beach. Before the walk the square had 244 vascular plant species in total with 167 after 1999. Now 308 in total with 231 after 1999.
SW8160 – Trenance and the Gannel. Before the walk the square had 271 vascular plant species in total with 162 after 1999. Now 311 in total with 202 after 1999.
We saw the following 61 species in flower. Most not that unusual but Galium album (Photo – Judy Swift) was most ‘out of season’ and perhaps Triglochin maritima on the salt marsh on the River Gannel too (though I also saw Filipendula ulmaria in fine flower on a roadside north of Truro SW79614617 on 4th January).
Cerastium fontanum subsp. vulgare
Crepis vesicaria subsp. taraxacifolia
Hebe x franciscana
Pilosella aurantiaca subsp. carpathicola
Taraxacum officinale agg.
On another day over the New Year Matt Stribley counted over 90 vascular plants in flower in and around Truro.