NEW YEAR PLANT HUNT 2018.
The aim of the New Year Plant Hunt is to build up a clear picture of which plants are flowering and where across Britain and Ireland.
We can see how our wild and naturalised plants are responding to changes in long term weather patterns.
Also any role played by altitude and proximity to the coast.
Urban site provides micro climates which can support more species in bloom than rural site.
How alien plants compared to native plants.
This is not about who has the longest list.
From 3oth of December 2017 to 2nd of January 2018 inclusive, Field club members were hunting wild flowers in all directions, ignoring the snow, ice, rain and wind. This was the fantastic NYPH results for our Field club. A warm thank you to those all who participated.
To expand your fun a little bit further, I have included the Family name after each plant, so that you could check the Family characters.
Falgunee Sarker.
NEW YEAR PLANT HUNT

DATE 30, 31 ST DECEMBER 2017 TO 1ST,2ND JANUARY 2018..

RECORDERS=CHRISTINE LUNN, ELIZABETH ELLIOTT,

CAROL SOBKOWIAC, JOHN BUXTON, JILL CUNNINGHAM,

DEREK RISBEY, MARY ATKINSON, FALGUNEE SARKER.

GRID REF=NY063153, NZ278127, NZ2817,NZ306089

NZ302083, NZ297085, NZ261137,NZ259138, NZ276131,

NZ2827615644, NZ2798409941, NZ2499813918.

FAMILY

Annual Meadow-grass
Poa annua Gramineae

Barren Brome
Anisantha sterilis Gramineae

Blackthorn (also Sloe)
Prunus spinosa Rosaceae

Colt’s-foot
Tussilago farfara Asteraceae

Common Chickweed
Stellaria media Caryophyllaceae

Common Mouse-ear
Cerastium fontanum Caryophyllaceae

Common Ragwort
Senecio jacobaea Asteraceae

Cow Parsley
Anthriscus sylvestris Apiaceae

Daisy
Bellis perennis Asteraceae

Dandelion
Taraxacum officinale agg. Asteraceae

Feverfew
Tanacetum parthenium Asteraceae

Germander Speedwell
Veronica chamaedrys Scrophulariaceae

Gorse
Ulex eurpaeus Fabaceae

Ground-ivy
Glechoma hederacea Lamiaceae

Groundsel
Senecio vulgaris Asteraceae

Hairy Bitter-cress
Cardamine hirsuta Brassicaceae

Hazel
Corylus avellana Betulaceae

Hedge Bedstraw
Galium mollugo Rubiaceae

Herb-Robert
Geranium robertianum Geraniaceae

Hogweed
Heracleum sphondylium Asteraceae

Holly
Ilex aquifolium Aquifoliaceae

Ivy
Hedera helix Araliaceae

Ivy-leaved Toadflax
Cymbalaria muralis Scrophulariaceae

Lesser Celandine
Ranunculus ficaria Ranunculaceae

Marsh Hawk’s-beard
Crepis paludosa Asteraceae

Perennial Rye-grass
Lolium perenne Gramineae

Petty Spurge
Euphorbia peplus Euphorbiaceae

Pineappleweed
Chamomilla sauveolens Asteraceae

Red Dead-nettle
Lamium purpureum Lamiaceae

Scentless Mayweed
Matricaria perforata Asteraceae

Shepherd’s-purse
Capsella bursa-pastoris Brassicaceae

Smooth Sow-thistle
Sonchus oleraceus Asteraceae

Snowdrop
Galanthus nivalis Liliaceae

Sticky Mouse-ear
Cerastium glomeratum Caryophyllaceae

Sun Spurge
Euphorbia helioscopia Euphorbiaceae

Wavy Bitter-cress (also Wood Bitter-cress)
Cardamine flexuosa Brassicaceae

White Dead-nettle
Lamium album Lamiaceae

Winter Heliotrope
Petasites fragrans Asteraceae

Wood Avens ( See Herb Bennet)
Geum urbanum Rosaceae

Yarrow
Achillea millefolium Asteraceae

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NEW YEAR PLANT HUNT 2018

 *Pick one day between 30th December and 2nd January 2018.
 * Record wild and naturalised plants in FLOWER. (No garden      plants.)
*  For tree=open catkin, for grasses=open florets, stigma, anthers on show.
*  Write down the name of the place you are recording.
*  Record maximum 3 hours in one site. You could stop for tea break or comfort break but the total time for a site should be 3 hours.
*  If you can not identify the plant, take a photograph and I could    help.
*  If there are no plants in flower in a place you visited, please record “NIL” and let me have that information.
*  Please forward all your records to Fal.
This observation and recording will help to build a picture of which wild and naturalised plants are in bloom at New Year across Britain.
Thank you to every one that has taken part so far.
Falgunee sarker.

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 Monday 6 November 2017

This week members’ reports covered much activity at RSPB Saltholme: Starling murmurations, Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Black Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Golden Plover, Little Egret and Great White Egret.  A collection of fungi fruiting bodies from Bearpark, Durham was put on display.

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 Monday 6 November 2017

Robin Daniels of Tees Archaeology gave an illustrated talk on “The Medieval Towns and Villages of The Tees Valley”. The Medieval Villages such as Cowpen Bewley, Eppleby, Carlton in Cleveland and Middridge were all built to the same layout of a village green with farmsteads and access roads down either side. Back lanes behind the farms provided access to the fields. Churches would be sited close to manor houses.

Writer: Fleur E Miles

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Monday 16 October 2017

This week, Members reported:- Sparrow Hawk and Buzzards in Richmond, Red Admirals and Ladybirds in Darlington. A mammal survey held at RSPB Saltholme recorded Pigmy Shrew, Common Shrew, Short Tailed Voles, and House Mouse. Water Pipits, Pintails and Cattle Egret had also been spotted at Saltholme.

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