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Looking at the Countryside report Porchfield Wednesday 15 July

Looking at the Countryside report Porchfield Wednesday 15 July 19 members met at Porchfield on a mild morning with high cloud for a walk to Elmsworth Farm and through Burnt Wood to Slinks Bay.  For the majority of members this was new terrain. The leader had asked three local experts
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A Sunday with the Bradford Botany Group!

18 members of the Bradford Botany Group, on a long weekend visit to the IOW,spent 21st June botanising in St. Lawrence with Dave and Hazel Trevan.Their route took them through Charles Wood to Binnel Bay, along the coast to Woody Bay,the “Cocks Eggs Site(  a private garden), up t
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Looking at the Countryside – St. Lawrence Walk Part 2

Over 20 members attended this walk, which was led by Dave and Hazel Trevan.The walk focused on the eastern side of the village, and took in coastal features, both St. Lawrence Churches,Pelham Woods, the Field Cow Wheat site, the top cliff overlooking the village and concluded at the P
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Ian Boyd tells us about broomrapes

The broomrapes are up and about in hedgerows and roadside verges and it’s a good time to track them down.
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Visit of Wild Flower Society

Seven members of the Wild Flower Society visited the Island last weekend for two days of botanising, led by Colin Pope.
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November Fungi

Gary Taylor had been out and about and sent us some pictures taken in Borthwood Copse; Magpie Ink Cap (Coprinus picaceus) and Dog Phallus or Dog Stinkhorn (Mutinus caninus). Dr Colin Pope, one of our joint Fungus Recorders, replied ‘It’s not something we see a lot of but t
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Ladybirds

Luke Ellison sent us a very comprehensive report of several different species of Ladybirds he had seen and photographed on the Island’s coast. This was in response to our poster which requests sightings. Our Beetle Recorder, Bill Shepard, has a ‘Beetle Drive’ going a
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A rare moth

Helen Slade saw a moth on her ceiling in late September and sent us some photo’s in the hope we could say what it was. The answer came back from Tim Norris ‘it is a pyralid, Mecyna asinalis‘ of which he had ‘never seen the adult but the larval feeding damage is
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A Hawthorn

In September Daphne Watson reported finding ‘a spectacular yellow-fruited form of hawthorn in a farm hedge in the Rew valley in full fruit at the moment’. and we asked Dr Colin Pope, our Botany Recorder, about it. He replied ‘How interesting! I’ve never come ac
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