I've decided to follow the lead of a fellow blogger, Dean (http://deansdailydiary.blogspot.com/) who is recording all the wildflowers that are still in bloom during the Winter months (Dec, Jan, Feb). So far he is up to 41 species on his patch of Cortonwood in South Yorkshire, so I decided to rise to the challenge and see what wildflowers Shenstone has to offer during the winter months.
Monday 5th December 2011
I decided to concentrate my first flora finding visit at the Gallops field on Stanklyn Lane. In total I recorded 11 species of wildflower still in bloom, these were: Common Ragwort, Dandelion, Hogweed, Nipplewort, Red Clover, Scentless Mayweed, Shepherd's Purse, White Campion, White Dead-nettle, Wild Radish and Yarrow.
I then briefly visited Witch Lane where I added Common Mallow to the list.
All in all it was a good start to a fun challenge...after all it will add a bit more colour to patch visits between the birding. Talking of birds, it was deadly quite on that front today with the only notables being 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Mistle Thrush and 5 Fieldfare.