EPPERSTONE + DCW
An unsettled week and I had nabbed the best day for a trip to Frampton with wifey so we were showered several times with the final one being a 15 minute downpour made even more unpleasant as we were walking the Epperstone by-pass at the time.
This is an apple according to Dave and when he tells me a little more following desktop research, I will pass it on.
Insects were in short supply though we managed a Speckled Wood and a Small White and this, which I think is Mesembrina meridiana. It is certainly a good match but it is risky to be positive about the id of flies from a photo.
Greater Burnet-saxifrage Pimpinella major, is a plant I see only occasionally in Rushcliffe and then there is often just one or two plants. Today though, they were present in road verges all over the two monads that we looked at. Some were in flower but the fruits seem quite distinctive and should be useful when the leaves have been lost.
I find it very hard to name many shrubs when all I see are leaves (I should be swotting up) but recognising pear rust is a useful way of realising this is a Pear Pyrus communis.
The rust is caused by the fungus Gymnosporangium sabinae which also depends on Juniper for completion of its life-cycle.
A Grey Wagtail brightened up our first enforced shower break.
Berberis x stenophylla was in a hedge along the road to Woodborough and probably jumped ship from the nurseries nearby.