Botanising in Farndon, Cheshire

Farndon is on the river Dee in the south of the county, somewhere I’d never been before, so I was keen to explore this new area.  Turns out it’s a sandstone area with lots of interesting natural and man-made cliffs and sandstone walls to look at.  I met fellow BSBI members at the church and we set off around the churchyard and on down alongside the river.  Our target species for the day was navelwort, Umbilicus rupestris, but we also wanted to make a list of all the plants we saw for general recording purposes.

Notable plants we found included Umbilicus rupestris, Acaena nova-zelandiae, Daphne laureola, Polystichum setiferum and Veronica polita.  Not bad for a ‘bog standard bit of Cheshire countryside’ as one participant put it !  Just goes to show that you never know what you may find once you start looking.



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