Thursday, 1 January 2015
New Year bash
After a week away in Cornwall I was ready for a bit of a bryo outing back home, and although I couldn't match Sam's feats I managed a brief bit of square bashing this afternoon in ST0979. This square falls within ST07Z which has only 12 taxa recorded previously (on CCW surveys).
I started with some grotting along a lane beneath the M4, where Lunularia was abundant, then worked north into nicer territory at Capel Llanilltern churchyard.
The highlight was a most unexpected couple of tufts of Racomitrium aciculare on a sloping gravestone, in a very dry looking position. Associates on the grave were Grimmia pulvinata and a single patch of Frullania dilatata.
Other minor highlights among the 45 species recorded were Cirriphyllum piliferum at the edge of the churchyard and Neckera complanata, which was abundant on Ash trunks in the base of the lane-side hedge.