Plants & butterflies around Treburley

Meadowsweet (JWB)

This was the first of several walks in our general area, which have been organised by Ian Bennallick for the Botanical Cornwall Group whose aim is to collect as many plant records in the next year or so to make a new county flora.

Eight of us set off around Treburley, eager to get away from the main road as soon as possible. But industrial estates and houses are often places where new records can be found because people don't expect to find much.

                         Down to the Inny (JWB) 

Even so, it was good to get into quiet leafy lanes and into a field to follow the footpath down hill towards the river Inny. 

Marbled White (SM)

Unexpectedly, we found ourselves in butterfly heaven! At least 30 Marbled Whites just in one area plus many others (see species list) feeding on the knapweed and bedstraw flowers; egg laying amongst the grasses and courtship ~ as one person commented 'love in the grass'!

Down in the cool of the woods, we found an aging birch tree, nearly a veteran at two hugs wide which we will check further on. Three braved the main road to go up into the woods across the river finding grasses, sedges and other plants not previously recorded.

Two hug birch tree

 

After lunch in the corner of a shady field, we walked up through Trekenner, admiring the colony of swifts that nest in the school buildings, to find another footpath across the fields. What seemed an uninspiring rye grass ley, held an oasis of arable plants in a patch missed by the spray. Fat Hen and Field Pansy with Scarlet Pimpernel and then a few more unusual species like Weasel Snout and Field Woundwort were discovered, just by chance and having a group of people looking. And then a very odd looking plant mystified everyone~ definitely one of the Brassicaceae or cabbage family. Later, an email from Ian reported it to be Garden Cress! Lepidium sativum so anything but rare, we just see the punnets of seedlings and not the mature plant in seed.

We walked from ten until nearly four on a beautiful summer's day; yes, we were hot and possibly bothered by the end but we more than achieved the aims of getting species counts up and well past 200 for the three kilometre squares we walked through. Tina will send on all the butterfly records to Dick Goodere, the county recorder. Ian will send us the full plant lists later.

Thank you to Ian, see you again at the end of the month up near Tregeare. 

Gatekeeper (GN)  Crow Garlic (SM)  Mullein Moth caterpillar (SM)  Field Pansy (JWB)  Looking to the north (JWB) 

Species Seen:
Butterflies: gatekeeper, small white, small tortoiseshell, meadow brown, speckled wood, silver-washed fritillary, red admiral, ringlet, small skipper. Moths included 5-spot (check) burnet and beautiful carpet. Birds: chiffchaff, yellowhammer, swift, swallow, house martin. Selection of plants will be listed later on but photographed: meadowsweet, crow garlic, weasel snout, scarlet pimpernel, field pansy, field woundwort, wych elm, annual or roman chammile, swine-cress including lesser, bittersweet and the garden cress.