Meeting Reports

Back Wood and Pond adjacent to Manor Farm Estate, Bessacarr – 7pm 15 May 2019

Attendees : Five Nats members were in attendance.
Site description : Back Wood is part of Warren Wood and consists mainly of oak trees.
Many of the Oaks have multiple burrs on their trunks. Burrs are masses of shoot and bud tissue which have grown to form a distinctly knobbly trunk. They usually form over a wound, which could be caused by a variety of factors, thereby protecting the tree from further damage at that site. This photograph shows a typical example (click on image to expand).

The woodland floor was covered with typical mixed woodland vegetation, including Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum), Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), Climbing Corydalis (Ceratocapnos claviculata), and Greater Stitchwort (Stellaria holostea).  Soft rush (Juncus effusus) with its continuous pith was also found; ( Hard rush (J. inflexus) has an interrupted pith).

Adjacent to the wood and Manor Farm Estate was a sustainable urban drainage pond created to take excess water from the estate and managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The margin of the body of water consisted mainly of Common Reed (Phragmites australis) and Reed mace (Typha angustifolia) with patches of Ragged Robin (Lychis flos-cuculi), Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris), Water Mint (Mentha aquatica) and Water Figwort  (Scrophularia auriculata) with its winged stems; (Common Figwort  (S. nodosa) doesn’t have winged stems ).

Across both sites we either saw or heard 9 species of birds, including Blackcap, Whitethroat and Song Thrush. Also, from the bulrushes in the middle of the pond, we saw and heard a male Reed Bunting singing. We identified two species of fungi Common Inkcap (Coprinus atramentarius) and Birch Polypore (Piptoporous botulinus), one gall, a Marble gall (Andricus kollari), two insects, the steely blue Alder beetle (Agelastica alni) and the relatively common micro moth the Common Yellow Conch (Agapeta hamana).

Finally, we saw some rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) !

Doncaster Common – 27 April 2019

Attendees : Louise Hill, Nora Boyle, John Scott, Colin Howes
Site description : Rough grassland

On a rather blustery and chilly day the group only managed to stay out for about one hour.
The species of note were Pill Sedge (Carex pilulifera) growing as very large tussocks and Green-ribbed Sedge (C. binervis)

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Thorpe Marsh –  17 April 2019

Attendees : Mick Townsend, 
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