MONDAY 3RD JUNE 2019

COTTAM

An hour long trek to a very remote part of Nottinghamshire for another day of botany et.al. and a very nice find to round it off. But we began with the routine bagging of everything we could spot and finished on 213 species of plant, 10 of butterflies and 3 moths; several Cinnabars and Yellow Shells plus a Silver Y.

A few days earlier I had done my butterfly transect and only got three species so ten on a rather blustery day suggest that the late May lull is over. They included our first Large Skippers and a Red Admiral.

Large Skipper

Among the more notable for me at least, as I am a reluctant traveller these days so I don’t see plants that like light soils much, was Bugloss Anchusa arvensis. Also-rans include Wild Mignonette Reseda lutea.

Bugloss
Wild Mignonette

Plant of the day looked like Herb Robert to me but Dave’s experienced eye suggested to him something different and a quick dip into Stace led us to Little Robin Geranium purpureum and there was lots of it.

There is only one previous Nottinghamshire record, made over 20 years ago near Worksop and its stronghold is in north Cornwall.

For interest, I heard via a devious route that Mike Hill has recorded Light Knot-grass at Netherfield. I understand this is the first record since larvae were found in the county in 1858 and 1897! Its ‘strongholds’ are Wales, NW England and northern Scotland.