Slender Speedwell

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Wednesday 28 April 2010 13:16

A quick walk around Woods Mill while we were waiting for the server to come back on line proved useful. Finally got evidence that we have three Reed Bunting territories. Also saw this patch of Slender Speedwell, a garden escape since 1830. It has a very slender stem and small round leaves, much smaller than the flowers. Meadow Fox-tail grass is growing taller by the day. There were a large number of Kestrel pellets in the meadow. The valley field is covered in Cuckoo-flower this year (one of the main foodplants of Orange-tip butterflies that are also doing well there this year) and I am sure this is due to SWT's conservation grazing by opening the sward. Also found an old Hornets nest in a dead tree.

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