Saturday, 13 October 2007

Seeing the Changes 51

Return of the plants! The Tarmacadam of the cycle path at Bynea is already being pierced by vegetation along its length. Autumn continues with a mass exodus of the leaves from the trees (especially Horse chestnut and Ash as well as Beech, Poplar, Silver birch and Sycamore). In addition to the late flowering plants noted in 'Seeing the Changes 50' and numerous relatives of the dandelion, I have noted Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris), Purple toadflax (Linaria purpurea), Large-flowered evening primrose (Oenothera erythrosepaia), Japanese knotweed (Reynoutria japonica) and Daisy (Bellis perennis). There were also cyanobacterial colonies (Nostoc) and numerous interesting fungi starting to appear around Bynea and Loughor (the red one is a species of Hygrocybe- a Wax cap). The still, wet conditions have visualised the numerous webs of Garden spiders. In the Loughor Estuary marsh location, what is probably Cord grass (Spartina anglica) is prominently in flower.

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