Fauna & Flora 2009
Over the past year I have gained a great deal of enjoyment from walking round Stockbridge Meadows. I have taken a note of flowers, birds and a few mammals and insects – as well as the occasional wild life (e.g. spider) that doesn’t fit into any of these categories. I have also taken photographs on a monthly basis throughout 2009.
I remember going into the Parish Office on a snowy day in February and saying “Stockbridge Meadows is our little bit of paradise”. I still think so.
It may interest readers to know that I have positively identified 29 species of birds, including kingfisher, goldcrest and buzzard (4, circling overhead). My list includes birds I have heard but not seen and those flying overhead.
|Dunnock||Goldcrest||Great spotted woodpecker||Great tit|
|Rook||Song thrush||Swift||Wood pigeon|
|Wren||Possible sightings of Bullfinch|
|Black meddick||Black nightshade||Blackberry||Bladder campion|
|Celandine||Codlins and cream||Comfrey||Common figwort|
|Common mallow||Cowslip||Creeping thistle||Dandelion|
|Dog daisy||Elder||Eyebright||Field poppy|
|Field scabious||Forget-me-not||Fumitory||Germander speedwell|
|Goosegrass||Greater knapweed||Ground ivy||Groundsel|
|Guelder rose||Hoary cress||Hogweed||Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon|
|Ladies bedstraw||Lords and ladies||Meadowsweet||Musk mallow|
|Plantain||Purple loosestrife||Ragged robin||Ragwort|
|Scentless mayweed||Sedge||Selfheal||Small flowered cranesbill|
|Sow thistle||Spear thistle||Stinging nettle||Tufted vetch|
|Water forget-me-not||Watercress||Weld||Welted thistle|
|White campion||White clover||White dead-nettle||Yellow flag iris|
|And for good measure; Rabbits, Molehills, Tent spider and a big brown slug.|
I am a lot less sure of some of the plants, but even so, have an impressive total of 65 identified.
It will be noted from my lists that I am very much an interested amateur and know that there is a lot that I will have missed. I would be interested to hear from anyone reading this who might be able to help me better identify plants and insects through 2010 and in particular, one plant that I cannot find in any of my wild flower guides? I have some photographs of it. I am also slightly puzzled by the white thistles. According to my books this plant is a rarity, but Stockbridge Meadows has them in abundance.
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