Brockodale: Stinking Helibore

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)

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

Field Meeting: Anglers to Walton species list

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
    Blackcap
    Willow Warbler
    Chiffchaff

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.

red campion

Sightings:
Wildflowers
Bluebell
Bulbous Buttercup
Bush Vetch
Cow Parsley
Creeping Buttercup
Cuckoo Pint
Cut-leaved Cranesbill
Dog’s Mercury
Dogwood
Germander Speedwell
Greater Stitchwort
Green Alkanet
Common Comfrey
Guelder-rose
Ground Ivy
Groundsel
Hairy Bittercress
Hairy Chickweed
Hedge Mustard
Herb Robert
Hogweed
Mouse-ear(Common)
Pignut (tasty)
Red Campion
Shepherd’s Purse
Smooth Sow-thistle
Birds
Skylark
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Insects/Butterflies
St Mark’s Fly
Adela reaumurella (type of long horned moth)
Solitary Wasp
Cream streaked ladybird
Peacock Butterfly
Green Veined White
Speckled Wood
Orange Tip

American vagrant at Pugneys: Pectoral Sandpiper

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.