Collage of wildflowers and butterflies

Flora

Articles about local plant life, particularly the flora found on the now relatively rare unimproved limestone grassland of the Common.

Autumn Lady's Tresses These now appear to be as abundant as they get on the Common with flowers fully developed. Although we have not done a systematic count (just counting the easily spotted specimens as we walk through the usual patches) they look about the same as last year. This week we also spotted a patch previously unknown to us near the Fort on Rodborough, again on an unsystematic count-as-we-walk it has about 20 easily spotted examples. 

Visible this morning by the rugby pitch at the top of Windmill Road.

It was a bonus today to see some (five) Pasque Flowers on the lower slopes of Rodborough Common, whilst looking at Dingy Skippers, Orange Tips and Green Hairstreak Butterflies.

We counted over 120 spikes of Autumn Ladies Tresses on Minchinhampton Common last week, spread over three different locations (of which one was a location of which we had previously been aware). It is looking like a reasonably good year and this seems to be the peak of abundance.