Saturday, 26 July 2014

Arable Weeds, Chalkhill Blues and A Few Local Bits 'n' Bobs

I've been out quite a bit lately on my days off but just haven't had the time to post anything on here, I shouldn't keep allowing it to build up as it results in massive posts that take me ages. Oh well, here goes. Last Sunday I visited two sites over the border in Somerset looking for new plants and in particular rare 'arable weeds'. Firstly I visited Fivehead Arable Fields a Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve and later in the day Lytes Cary Manor run by the National Trust. I didn't see everything I'd hoped to but did manage to see several of my target species plus lots of other less rare species.


Fivehead Arable Fields




Shepherd's NeedleScandix pecten-veneris



Broad-leaved SpurgeEuphorbia platyphyllos


Dwarf Spurge - Euphorbia exigua


Spreading Hedge Parsley - Torilis arvensis




Slender TareVicia parviflora
 



Round-leaved FluellenKickxia spuria 



Narrow-fruited CornsaladValerianella dentata


Field Madder -Sherardia arvensis


Meadow Vetchling - Lathyrus pratensis




Wild Basil - Satureja vulgaris


 Cultivated Flax - Linum usitatissimum

 This was growing in one of the fields on the Lytes Cary estate where all the arable fields have broad headlands. I was a bit late in the season though and I didn't see many arable weeds, the very dry conditions didn't help either. 




Grass Vetchling - Lathyrus nissolia


Arrowhead - Sagittaria sagittifolia on the River Cary.

 On Monday I when to Portland to look for Chalkhill Blues, there were quite a lot on the wing, with 'on the wing' being the appropriate phrase because they didn't stop that often. It's never easy trying to get photos of butterflies in very hot and sunny conditions and even when they did pitch it was usually with wings closed.






Chalkhill Blue Polyommatus coridon



Courtship Action Shot



Female Broad-bodied Chaser - Libellula depressa  


A few bits from the garden.


 Common Blue - Polyommatus icarus


Eristalinus sepulchralis 

Banded General Soldier Fly - Stratiomys potamida


 A Token Bird.
 A smashing Wood Sandpiper on Black Hole Marsh first thing this morning, one of two in the valley, the other being on Colyford scrape. Hopefully one will come near enough for a better photo before the end of the autumn.


3 comments:

Andrew Cunningham said...

Wow, I am envious of the Stratiomys potamida. I presume this was on Portland or was it in the Seaton environs? Pray do tell!

Karen Woolley said...

It was in my garden in Seaton. I live pretty near to Seaton Marshes which is where I presumed it originated. A marshland species isn't it?

Andrew Cunningham said...

Thanks Karen. Yes, it probably came from the non-brackish areas of the marshes. I was considering a trip down to the Seaton area as I have not been for some time.