30 May 2012

Dune flora

It's well worth venturing onto the dunes at present to witness the stunning diversity of flowering plants and associated invertebrate fauna. Below is a small selection of dune plants flowering at present :
Japanese Rose (Rosa rugosa)
A locally frequent alien at Kenfig Rivermouth - rather invasive hence
not particularly desirable, but gives off a powerful fragrance.
Sand Cat's-tail (Phleum arenarium), Sticky Stork's-bill (Erodium 
lebelii) and Kidney Vetch (Anthyllus vulneraria) at Baglan
Basil Thyme (Clinopodium acinos) Nicholaston
Common Rock-rose (Helianthemum nummularium) at Nicholaston
Bloody Crane's-bill (Geranium sanguineum) at Nicholaston
Beaked Hawk's-beard (Crepis vesicaria) at Baglan Burrows

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