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County Durham does it for me

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A week's holiday based at Holwick, near Middleton-on-Tees gave me the opportunity to extend new species. Melancholy Thistle (Cirsium heterophyllum) was the first of many, seen locally. Down into Yorkshire where at Ballowfields LNR were lots of Spring Sandwort (Minuartia verna) and a small patch of Moonwort (Botrychium lunaria). A beautiful walk from Holwick through a hay-meadow to view two waterfalls along the Tees was excellent, and new to me were Pale Forget-me-not (Myosotis stolenfera), Alpine Bistort (...

Wonderful Jersey

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A holiday in early May to Jersey, my first visit to this island, gave me the opportunity to extend my plant species in a big way. With the help of a lovely lady who gave up her Bank Holiday and took me to La Carriere Dunes area where I noted 18 new species. These included Jersey Pigmyweed, Spring Vetch, Little Robin, Sand Catstail, Dwarf Pansy. We later explored Corbiere where 6 additional new species included my target Sand Crocus, also Four-leaved Allseed, Upright Chickweed, etc. Later in the week Lax-flowered Orchid was in flower. A memorable few days.


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