Species to search for

Species to search for during Covid-19 restrictions – Spring & Summer 2020

Although we may not be able to run our SRPG meetings this year, there is still an opportunity for members to contribute to botanical survey of Somerset by keeping an eye out for some of our rare/scarce and under-recorded plants. 

Graham Lavender has selected a few unusual species and hybrids that you could look out for:

Spergularia bocconei

Elymus agg

The list of species that are on the Rare Plant Register can be found here and Helena will be delighted to receive records of any of these, however, there are some commoner species that we would still like records for and some of these you might find on your daily exercise walks or cycle rides. There is an ‘Occasional Recording Form’ on the Recording tab of the website for you to record these miscellaneous, but important records, so send them to Helena, Steve or Liz.  This can be done as you find them or as a batch.

The top five on the list below have more information in the submenu, and others will follow and become live during the next few months.

Adders-tongue (Ophioglossum vulgatum)

Hoary Plantain (Plantago media)

Early Forget-me-not (Myosotis ramosissima)

Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis morio)

Cowslip fields

Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria)

Arrowhead (Sagittaria sagittifolia)

Small Nettle (Urtica urens)

Devil’s-bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis)

Betony (Betonica officinalis)

Autumn Gentian (Gentianella amarella)