|Llyn Fawr from Craig-y- Llyn|
David Barden, Julian Woodman and myself carried out another search for Serrated Wintergreen (Orthilia secunda) along the cliffs at Craig-y-Llyn (the Rhondda Cynon Taff section) on the 24th. Unfortunately, as with Ian and Nigel’s visit last month [see here], we were again unsuccessful, but the hike up the slopes wasn’t without reward. Vascular plants of note included Beech Fern (Phegopteris connectilis), Fir Clubmoss (Huperzia selago), Grey-leaved Whitebeam (Sorbus porrigentiformis), Lesser Meadow-rue (Thalictrum minus subsp. minus), Mountain Male-fern (Dryopteris oreades) and much Roseroot (Sedum rosea). A 2m x 2m patch of Mossy Saxifrage (Saxifraga hypnoides) & a few plants of Cowberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) were perhaps the best finds of the day.
|Julian on one of the more gentle slopes|
Grey-leaved Whitebeam (left) and location of Mossy Saxifrage near the very top of the cliff (non-flowering patch in bottom right of picture)
(plucked shoot showing silvery leaf sheath)
|Robust Rustwort (detail)|
Moths were very prominent with well over 100 Northern Spinach being disturbed from the Bilberry and Heather along with smaller quantities of Apotomis sauciana, Green Carpet, Grey Mountain Carpet, Common Carpet, July Highflyer, Twin-spot Carpet, Holly Tortrix and Smoky Wave. A single Dark Green Fritillary was seen on the wing and the mines of Mompha raschkiella were plentiful on Rosebay Willowherb, locally frequent at the base of cliffs where cliff falls had created disturbed ground. Birds noted included singing Lesser Redpolls, Reed Bunting and Grasshopper Warbler at the base of the scree slopes. On the way up and down a large patch of Ivy-leaved Bellflower (Wahlenbergia hederacea) with white flowers was noted, the flowers are normally blue. Very many thanks to Julian for organising this excellent visit.
|white-flowered Ivy-leaved Bellflower|