308, 2020


By |August 3rd, 2020|Trees|4 Comments

I have noticed Dutch Elm disease has taken hold of semi-mature Elms this summer in Todmorden.

Affected foliage is wilting and dying progressively from the crown downwards.

I have seen younger Elms affected by this disease over the last couple of years but it now seems to have got more serious.

Has anyone noticed Elms down the valley with signs of DED?

We still have many old Elms that escaped the last serious outbreak of 25-30 years ago.

3107, 2020

Waxcap season has come early!

By |July 31st, 2020|Fungi|1 Comment

Spangle Waxcap was the first one spotted last week

Then I found White Spindles, several patches

Then the Parrot Waxcaps started to pop up

Then I found a Honey Waxcap

Then an Oily Waxcap

And finally the remains of a Meadow Waxcap

All of these were seen in the last week in fields at the farm.

The pictures are just snapped on the phone as I found them.

Such a range of species in July is very unusual but hopefully it’s a sign of a good Waxcap season ahead.

3107, 2020


By |July 31st, 2020|Mammals|0 Comments

Found when clearing our the stable, under a pallet.

It had to move and fortunately I had a ready built a hedgehog house full of bedding and juicy slugs.


3007, 2020

Black bryony and yellow rattle.

By |July 30th, 2020|Plants|0 Comments

This black bryony Dioscorea communis always makes an appearance, just three climbing stems every year. Its in a small hedge on the junction of Jayhouse Lane and Highmoor lane in Clifton. Quite a tropical looking plant and more common on base rich soils.

Just around the corner in the grass verge is a small patch of the interesting parasitic plant yellow rattle Rhinanthus minor.

2807, 2020

Rishworth Plant Walk

By |July 28th, 2020|Plants|2 Comments

I went for a plant walk today. A couple of IDs please.

I believe this is The Variegated Subspecies of Yellow Archangel Lamiastrum galeobdolon subsp. Argentatum.

I know of this plant’s subspecies at two sites here in Rishworth.

Above is a picture of Fox and Cubs Pilosella aurantiaca

Above is the local Harebell Campanula Rotundifolia population.

Below are first a Hard Fern Blechnum spicant and then two of the Broad Buckler Dryopteris dilatata.     

2207, 2020

Moorland Flowers – Oxygrains – Rishworth Moor – 22nd July – A Mystery Plant As well

By |July 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I went to Oxygrains today and saw a few bits and bobs.
Hope you enjoy and this mystery plant is quite interesting.

Mystery Plant – Foliage and Flowers

Mystery Plant – Flowers

Heath Bedstraw
So common here in Rishworth and area

Herb Robert ‘album’
A few plants of this, new to me,
not the species, this form.

1907, 2020

Rishworth – Orchids and IDs…!

By |July 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A really nice plant walk today. I really enjoyed seeing my first Orchid. Just so it is clear, on the captions I have added Rishworth to them

Common Mallow, Rishworth

Red Campion, Rishworth

Harebells, Rishworth – Never seen these before

Common Green Grasshopper, Rishworth
Tormentil and Creeping Cinquefoil, Rishworth

Creeping Cinquefoil leaves, Rishworth

A different Harebell plant, Rishworth

Common Spotted Orchid, Rishworth

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