Flintshire BSBI at New Brighton

A select group for today’s Flintshire BSBI outing at New Brighton near Buckley, being just me and Tom.  We usually have other botanists present to chivvy us on, but free to indulge our habit of genteel argument about plant identification, we began in the car park of the Beaufort Park Hotel (very good coffee, btw) and wandered the footpaths and lanes around the village for a day full of pleasantly slow paced botanical rambling.  And heavy showers, unfortunately, so I didn’t take any pictures of the 218 species we recorded.  A more than respectable total for two people on a wet day in what is quite an ordinary tetrad by Flintshire standards 🙂

Species group of the day was Prunus with blackthorn, wild cherry, plum and (probably) dwarf cherry all seen in the hedgerows.  We also argued happily about roses, recording definite Rosa arvensis, cop-out Rosa canina agg., Rosa mollis and a possible Rosa caesia vosagiaca.

For the glory hunters, we scored a new 10k record for Polygonum aviculare s.s. and the Rosa vosagiaca would be a new 10k too, had we been completely confident about it.

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