This year’s field gentian hunt took place after a prolonged period of hot dry weather. Not surprisingly, limestone grassland at Loggerheads Country Park, our target site, was looking brown and crispy by mid-July and, not surprisingly, there was no sign of any gentians, field or otherwise.
As a consolation prize, we found lesser meadow-rue Thalictrum minus, which was the first record of this species on the Flintshire side since 1981. A pleasant surprise and proof that it is worth trying to re-find old records of notable plants.
Here’s the Thalictrum:
And here are some snaps from the day showing that we did manage to find *some* flowers…..
I shall be back at Loggerheads for another look next year, as the habitat generally looks ideal for gentians and I am quite sure there must be at least autumn gentian present.