Our excursion to Gorse Covert Mounds started rather unpromisingly with heavy rain and only two of us arriving for the trip. In fact, it rained so hard throughout the meeting that I don’t have any photos to prove we even went out! My phone is supposed to be waterproof, but there are limits…….
We met at the usual place for Gorse Covert Mounds, an urban park sandwiched between a main road and housing development in Birchwood, east of Warrington. There are a variety of habitats represented here, including neutral grassland, plantation woodland and scrub, ponds and a small area of relict raised bog at the eastern end – Pestfurlong Moss. So we were hopeful of a reasonable species count even with only two of us looking.
Given the weather, I was quite happy with our total of 130 species, including four species of Sphagnum we couldn’t resist looking at at Pestfurlong Moss.