Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Travels in TQ6422

For me, trips with the Sussex Botanical Recording Society are always very informative about plants and their habitats. However occasionally, as an added bonus, we get to visit some spectacular places and see some fantastic scenery.

On a survey around Burwash Common I was surprised and delighted to see so many wildflower meadows.

Fields awash with red and yellow flowers; common sorrel (Rumex acetosa) and meadow buttercups (Ranunculus acris).

This apparently was how meadows looked fifty years ago.

How about that for a view?

We saw field upon field of wildflowers with red clover (Trifolium pratense), Lesser Trefoil (Trifolium dubium) and occasionally some yellow rattle (Rhianyhus minor).

The occasional surprise too, here growing on a road verge is bread wheat (Triticum aestivum), this plant is possibly the foundation of western civilizations.

Finally my best wildlife photograph so far this year; a common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) sunning itself on a gate bar. This lizard derives its scientific name from the fact that it is viviparous, meaning that the female bares live young, as opposed to laying eggs, as is the case with most reptiles.

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