Broad-bodied Chaser - Yearsley Moor
Picture Helen Kitson, 22 June
Early Marsh-orchid - Beverley
Our evening visit to Swine Moor was rewarded with the discovery of two flowering spikes of Dactylorhiza incarnata subsp. incarnata discovered independently by Gabrielle Jarvis and Helen Kitson. This is a very scarce plant in East Yorkshire and appears to be the first Beverley record since it was noted by Robert Teesdale in 1800.
Adding to the general euphoria, Rob Atkinson then discovered a large colony of the uncommon Adder's-tongue fern very close-by.
Picture Helen Kitson
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Highlight of the field trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park was this Sanitary-ware tree (Lavatera latrinis). Found only within the boundaries of the park, it favours wetter areas close to drains and sewers. It is dioecious, the two sexes being distinguished by examining the ‘seats’ which are more frequently in the raised position in the male. The large flowers are pollinated by flies, attracted by the characteristic scent, which is particularly noticeable in warm weather.
Picture A Chadwick, 1 April
Bittern - Far Ings
Picture A Gómez, 26 January