This was the second year I counted wildflowers at Gayles Farm
So I’ve tried not to take all the same pictures as this time last year! Although I was out with the same two recorders – Colin and Chris, and the horses were still there!
Other fauna included a Wasp spider Argiope bruennichi – a spider which I’d never come across before.
Wasp spider web – Argiope bruennichi
This was a surprisingly large spider I came across while looking at Fairy Flax Linum catharticum seed heads (little brown round shapes in the background). Fairy Flax is a tiny white flower that we often spot in chalk grassland. You can see its web if you look carefully in the bottom left of pic. It’s clear why it’s called a Wasp spider from those markings!
Chalk grassland wildflowers
Carline Thistle – Carlina vulgaris
This Thistle is another chalk grassland indicator species which we often see locally, however this was the first one I’ve seen in bud.
Hedge Bedstraw – Galium mollugo
Agrimony – Agrimonia eupatoria
We see a lot of Agrimony around here – it has bright yellow flowers, but having photographed it many times, I’m now taking an interest in the later stages of the flower’s life cycle. This pic is of the flowers which have gone over but not yet set seed.
Rest assured we did count many chalk grassland wildflowers such as Birds-foot Trefoil, Lady’s Bedstraw, Squinancywort, Eyebright, Hairy Violet leaves and Short-stemmed Thistle 🙂