Sunday, 8 February 2015

Merioneth Nats in January 2015

Rumex crispus subsp. littoreus
We all decided at our planning meeting not to meet in January, but as Heather and I both felt like an outing we arranged to meet in Pennal [where there is a great bar and restaurant, The Riverside, for shelter!]  We festered over coffee for ages, and then, as it was still raining, had lunch, before we set out in lovely sunshine to walk down from the village towards the River Dyfi.  Nothing sensational, but we had a good walk between the showers.  One of the more interesting plants was this dock - probably Rumex crispus subsp. littoreus, the seaside subspecies of Curled Dock, with its leathery, slightly glaucous leaves - interesting because we identified very little else to tell us we were in coastal territory.
We also saw a couple of large clumps of Scrophularia auriculata, Water Figwort, with its obtuse, rounded leaves still green and the wings on the stems,  though withered, still very much in evidence. It is strangely uncommon in West Wales, having a south-easterly distribution in Britain.

The tetrad SN79E had no previous records and the hectad [which is only just in Merioneth] had only 39 records so we were pleased to make a good list, adding another 60 species. It  definitely deserves a return visit in the summer: judging by the number of new records for the hectad, that area had never been visited before.

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