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Started by elderberry on Jun 24, 2021 10:02:54 AM
Wildlife II Even More Nature

From the most minuscule mites to the tallest trees, lets talk about them here.

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elderberry - 24 Jun 2021 10:08:44 (#1 of 325)

Badgers, bats, butterflies. Tell all.

RosyLovelady - 24 Jun 2021 10:09:51 (#2 of 325)

Reminds me: we haven't seen our hedgehog for a few weeks.

ReverendBlueJeans - 24 Jun 2021 10:10:45 (#3 of 325)

Another hatch of orange tips, I noticed on Tues.

Lagopus - 24 Jun 2021 11:28:18 (#4 of 325)


Lagopus - 24 Jun 2021 11:32:34 (#5 of 325)

Rev, I've seen a few Orange Tips and other stuff, but I think that very wet May means a disappointing year for butterflies. Apart from the immigrants.

coshipi - 24 Jun 2021 11:36:08 (#6 of 325)

Flora is wildlife...the things I've really noticed this year here in Greenock are that it's a terrific year for buttercups and sorrel and hawthorn blossom; and an absolutely terrible year for gorse. The gorse is just beginning to make a comeback here, but it got hit by something in a way I've never seen gorse suffer before.

GrrrIbdis - 24 Jun 2021 11:43:44 (#7 of 325)

I saw a picture of some gorse absolutely covered in dodder, recently, which I think is quite unusual. Must have been really struggling, for that to happen. Whatever will become of young lovers?

elderberry - 24 Jun 2021 11:45:50 (#8 of 325)

Was it very cold in Greenock at any point this winter? Gorse is more tender than one would expect and can get bashed, particularly by a late cold snap after its spring growth has started.

coshipi - 24 Jun 2021 11:48:27 (#9 of 325)

That would certainly explain it, elderberry. It was unseasonably warm early on, then quite a few late frosts.

Lagopus - 24 Jun 2021 11:52:43 (#10 of 325)

Young lovers will mate, fall out, mate with someone else, regret it, offer an incomplete apology, get married to the wrong person, have children and both disapprove of them and be disappproved of by them. On the other hand I think Dodder often does that.

hailesaladdie - 24 Jun 2021 11:53:51 (#11 of 325)

All the wild plants are huge round here at the moment. I can't recall ever seeing the cow parsley or dog roses so high!

ReverendBlueJeans - 24 Jun 2021 11:54:28 (#12 of 325)

Yes, it's a big buttercup year, which is bad for horses. They can't eat it and many of them react to the pollen.

elderberry - 24 Jun 2021 11:56:18 (#13 of 325)

I drove a back road through the hills yesterday evening on the way back from meeting a courgette dealer, and the foxgloves, honeysuckle and wild roses were wonderful.

tasselhoff - 24 Jun 2021 11:57:54 (#14 of 325)

A courgette dealer? You some sort of ratatouillehead?

elderberry - 24 Jun 2021 12:04:05 (#15 of 325)

pretty much, anonymous meet in lay by, courgette plants exchanged for empty plastic plant pots by masked strangers who 'met' on the internet.

the sort of thing they warn you against

Arjuna - 24 Jun 2021 13:42:44 (#16 of 325)

I did not relsise that courgette dealing involved such subterfuge

elderberry - 24 Jun 2021 13:56:55 (#17 of 325)

first rule of courgette dealing . . .

coshipi - 24 Jun 2021 14:08:29 (#18 of 325)

Can anyone tell me what this is?

elderberry - 24 Jun 2021 14:13:53 (#19 of 325)

Himalayan Knotweed Persicaria wallichii

Not quite as much of a problem as Japanese knotweed, but still a thug. Sorry about all Irish links, but the first one links to a BSBI map

coshipi - 24 Jun 2021 14:17:14 (#20 of 325)

Many thanks, elderberry.

We've got Japanese knotweed on the reserve, and now I've found this on a bit of "public amenity land" a few hundred yards away in another direction 8~(

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