Monthly Archives: August 2020

Slime Mould on Moss in Hardcastle Crags

A few of us went to look for Beech Fern in the Crags recently.

We were hoping to track down an old record but the vegetation was a bit thick.

While searching one of the watercourses I spotted this Slime Mould growing on Common Feather Moss.

White Slime Mould on Moss

Reminiscent of Trichia decipiens but I don’t believe that grows on mosses.

My limited research has not led me to a reasonable ID so far.

Below you can see how the form changes over time.

2020-08-31T08:59:15+01:00August 31st, 2020|1 Comment

Garden Visitors

Just been catching up with recordings on my trail camera in the garden. Getting foxes every night plus occasional badgers. I was hoping to add a video but the file is too big. Took this frame from the video which clearly shows who’s in charge even though it is known that Foxes & Badgers do mingle & quite often share a sett or den. The fox quickly cowered away to a safe distance when the badger turned up.

2020-08-30T07:12:00+01:00August 29th, 2020|1 Comment

Red Grass

The perception is that grasses are green, yet this striking example of Reed Canary Grass shows the lovely red inflorescence in July. It is a grass that prefers damp or watery habitats and can grow very tall, 5 foot, with a stem that is stout and reed-like. It often grows side branches from the stem nodes as seen in the photo, or sometimes aerial roots as the stem leans towards the water.

Reed Canary Grass with red flowering head.

New stem leaves growing from a node

2020-08-23T09:03:36+01:00August 21st, 2020|0 Comments

Rare or Overlooked?

While out on a Grassland Survey last week I found a plant which I have not recorded in Calderdale before.

I know it has been recorded by Bruce Brown nr Withens Reservoir but despite looking for it there I couldn’t find it.

I wonder though if it is really rare or just very difficult to spot.

Here is a picture of a bare patch in an otherwise grassy meadow.

Click to enlarge, I doubt you will be able to see much there.

A closer look just in case there is something interesting there.

Look like a little Rush

Bristle Club Rush

On closer inspection it is Bristle Club Rush (Isolepis setacea)

Such a tiny little plant, it must be so easy to miss.

It likes damp open places. If you see it, let me know.

2020-08-19T12:09:50+01:00August 19th, 2020|4 Comments


I have never seen a Leech before, although they are reported to be common. This photo was taken at a shady muddy pond in Centre Vale woodland at Todmorden I fished out an old Beech husk that seemed to have moving legs and found 2 Leeches underneath. Only about 10mm long but it quickly extended its body when it saw me looking at it! On closer inspection the whole pond was teeming with them.

Are they common in the valley?

2020-08-17T15:56:21+01:00August 12th, 2020|5 Comments

Rishworth – Meadows and miscellaneous

I have been out a lot yesterday and today. Here are a whole ton of things of interest.

Above we have Wild Angelica Angelica sylvestris. It is a common plant along streams and brooks, as it enjoys wet soils. Bees also enjoys the very round umbrella-like flowers, hence the name of the type of flower, umbellifer.

Above, we have Bird’s Foot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus.  A common meadow plant it is a member of the pea family and also the foodplant of the Common Blue butterfly.

The above fern is Common Male Fern Dryopteris filix-mas.

Common Figwort Scrophularia nodosa above, quite a peculiar plant.

The above is Sowbread, also known as Cyclamen hederifolium.

I do not know if this is Mugwort or Monks Hood, it was growing in a field.

Above, is Wild Honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum.

Is this Common Knapweed or Greater Knapweed?

I was rather amazed to find this Scented Mayweed Matricaria chamomilla.

Then this is Feverfew Tanecetum parthenium.

Then finally to finish up, White Stonecrop Sedum album.

2020-08-17T15:57:06+01:00August 11th, 2020|2 Comments

The shape of Oak leaves

These are Sessile Oak leaves all growing from the same small branch.

I don’t think I have seen such a variation in shape, from huge leaf with shallow lobes to smaller, very narrow leaves with hooded lobes, resembling Turkey Oak.

Oaks are so genetically diverse and the Sessile characteristics can merge with Pedunculate, making it difficult to identify hybrids.

It is always recommended not to identify using shade leaves, or the mid-summer Lammas growth, as both these can produce oddities such as in the photos.

2020-08-08T08:26:41+01:00August 7th, 2020|2 Comments

Common Vetch

After noting the seedling 2 months ago, it was nice to see the plant which seeded itself under our pea trellis in the garden, was in flower.

I am pretty sure it is Common Vetch Vicia sativa.

2020-08-08T08:30:37+01:00August 7th, 2020|1 Comment

Pale Flax?

Found this here in Rishworth. I have got it down to Linum Sp. but I suspect Pale Flax Linum bienne.

2020-08-06T08:04:50+01:00August 5th, 2020|0 Comments
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