Monday, 4 January 2016

New Year Plant Hunt

The first Wild Reekie event took place on the morning of 1 January 2016 on Blackford Hill. Ten of us spent three hours hunting for plants in flower, as part of the UK-wide New Year Plant Hunt, organised by the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI).

 We found 21 different flowering plants:

1. Bramble
2. Gorse
3. Yorkshire fog (grass)
4. Annual meadow grass
5. Alder
6. Ragwort
7. Red campion
8. Giant butterbur
9. Smooth hawks-beard
10. Daisy
11. Ivy
12. Hazel
13. Wood Avens
14. Prickly sow-thistle
15. Barren strawberry
16. Herb robert
17. Lesser celandine
18. Hogweed
19. White dead-nettle
20. Cock’s foot (grass)
21. Smooth sow-thistle

Many thanks to our two ecologists who helped with the identifications.
"I think this was the most enjoyable Jan 1st I've had for a long time. Meeting new people, being in the fresh air, and looking for anything flowering. Great fun, good to do something different, looking forward to doing more."
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