Warning: This note contains claims of a number of
outrageous species - please do not read on if easily offended.
Non-wildlife readers might as well give up now!
The final hurdle was reached (and exceeded
with ease) with the help of Mr John "Bird-seed Alien" Martin
in and around Bristol on the weekend of 11-12 November. A hideous
day of rain on Saturday didn't deter us and we opened the batting
with Hoary Mustard and Many-seeded Goosefoot on Severnside, despite
dipping Ring-necked Duck. The mega Purple Gromwell was ticked with
ease at Weston Big Wood but Wayfaring Tree eluded our best efforts.
Following minor crises involving child car-seats and flat batteries,
we made it to Wain's Hill at Clevedon where the superb Tree Medick
was in bloom, probably the only plant in the country of this species!
Adria Bellflower and Trailing Bellflower were local escapees, naturalised
onto nearby walls, but of more native pedigree were Rock Samphire,
Long-bracted Sedge and (as it currently stands), number 2,000, the
indescribably nondescript Sea-milkwort. Having recovered from the
massive adrenalin rush of the Glaux and a failed attempt to find Jack
Snipe and Pear Tree, the list was further bolstered by Ivy Broomrape,
Stinking Iris and Square-stalked Willowherb. Not to be outdone by
Mr Martin's botanical expertise, I hit back with a volley of leaf-mines
(well two) on a Rowan tree, which we identified in the pub as Phyllonorycter
corylifoliella and Stigmella aucupariae.
Non-conifer flowering plants
|Gastropoda||Snails and slugs|
|Arachnida||Spiders and allies|
|Chondrichthyes||Sharks and rays|