05 May 2012

Meadow Saxifrage in Neath Port Talbot

Meadow Saxifrage (Saxifraga granulata) is no more than locally common in Wales and is rather rare in Glamorgan. It's a plant of basic grasslands, hay meadows and shaded, riverside locations. Populations have decreased significantly in parts of the British Isles over the last 2 or 3 decades. The plant in the photograph above was in a very small population on the banks of the river Neath near Resolfen. I'm familiar with this species in similar sites along the head-streams of the River Neath in Brecknockshire, but I've never seen it in Neath Port Talbot before. Other noteworthy plants here included Hard Shield-fern (Polystichum aculeatum) which is surprisingly common in wooded places along the River Neath between Glyn Neath and Aberdulais (photo below).

1 comment:

Barry Stewart said...

That's really nice Charles. I passed the small population at Cwm Ivy Tor on Saturday morning but could only see one small clump in flower. In West Glamorgan, there are just two other sites (both with imprecise grid refs) where the species was last recorded in 1976.