On a walk around Brockodale YWT reserve today, Colin Booker came across this fine example of stinking helibore (Helleborus foetidus), a local speciality plant which gets it’s name from the unpleasant odour given off when its leaves are crushed. Colin has supplied a really nice shot of the rare flower taken from a lovely low viewpoint to give us a good view of the typically drooped flower heads. He also noted 4 corn buntings at the reserve, now very scarce in the Wakefield district.
Stinking helibore (Helleborus foetidus) at Brockodale
Another member, Francis Hickenbottom, sent in a field record of green helibore on a railway embankment in Hemsworth though this species is most definitely a garden escape
A good turnout for the first meeting of the summer(!) and the group took a steady circular walk from Anglers down to Walton Hall and back pausing to look at the flowers and insects en route and an even longer pause at the golfer’s tea shack :¬) Here is a list of the species noted as we walked round and a picture of the crew at the pit stop.
- Insects noted
Green Longhorn (Adela reaumurella)
10-Spot Ladybird (Adalia 10-punctata)
- Spring warblers noted
Sue Gaynor was species recorder on the meeting and we will upload a full list shortly. Here are a few more pictures to be going on with.
Great Spotted Woodpecker
St Mark’s Fly
Adela reaumurella (type of long horned moth)
Cream streaked ladybird
Green Veined White
Birders were flocking to Pugneys CP today to have a look at the recently discovered Pectoral Sandpiper that has be blown into the district on the tail-end of the hurricane that has just battered the coast of America. The juvenile bird can be seen frequenting the shoreline near the boat launch/bird feeding area.