Wildflower Survey in Yarrow Valley C.P.

PictureEmerging leaf of Impatiens Noli tangere
The Bio Diversity Society  Group met at Lancashire's Yarrow Valley Country Park to survey the flora of Burgh Wood which rises steeply above the Big Lodge taking the group away from the footpaths that would normally be crowded with dog walkers and visitors to the park.  Today, however, constant rain had kept all but the most determined indoors and we had the area very much to ourselves.
We were supported by David Earl, BSBI Recorder for the two vice counties of Lancashire, VC59 & VC 60 who guided us through the identification processes and determined our findings.
These included:

Wood Anemone Anemone nemorosa, Himalayan Balsam Impatiens glandulifera, Dog's Mercury Mercurialis perennis, Touch-me-not Balsam Impatiens noli tangere, Water Crowfoot Ranunculus aquatilis, Thornless Blackberry Rubus canadiensis, Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris, Hybrid Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta x H. hispanica, Three-nerved Sandwort Moehringia trinervia, Large Bitter Cress Cardamine amara, Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata, Cow Parsley Anthriscus sylvestris, Rosebay Willowherb Chamerion angustifolium, Ramsons Allium ursinum, Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage Chrysoplenium oppositifolium, Enchanters Nightshade Circaea lutetiana, Field Horsetail Equisetum arvense, Hemp Agrimony Eupatorium cannibinum, Herb Robert Geranium robertianum, Ground Ivy Glechoma hederacea, Water Avon Geranium rivale, Ragged Robin Lychnis flos-cuculi.

However when transcribing my notes a this point my notepad gave out having been soaked through in the unrelenting rain and the remainder of my finds must remain a mystery. David Earl reminds me though that despite the rain over 100 species were recorded in Burgh Wood.

This part of the Biological Heritage Site contains a wealth of species that deserve closer attention and I will be returning armed, perhaps with a waterproof notebook, and camera to record more Chorley's valuable flora.