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John Vetterlein's Wildlife & Butterfly Walk 18th June

Monday 19th June 2017

On a scorching day with some 17 people and 2 dogs in attendance, John Vetterlein [1, with an Agrimony flower spike] led the forth 'Flower & Butterfly' walk of the year. We started as always by examining the area by the main Cemetery entrance and Anglican Chapel before heading up the Main Carriageway. Then, turning right just after the half-way point up that path, we cut across the breadth of the Cemetery before circling back down to the Yew Tree Path and by the Jewish Cemetery to the starting point. We are now at the year's peak flowering time, so there was a good show of both flora and fauna on view. Indeed, time constraints permitted only a limited number of the available plant species in flower to be chosen for our attention, and as before, only a fraction of these can be illustrated [number in picture sequence]: Hedge Woundwort, Green Alkanet, Sowthistle, Daisy, Bird's-foot Trefoil, Ribwort Plantain, Cinquefoil (with flowers of both four and five petals, as well as some plants with a more complex flower form [2]), White and Red Clovers, Oxeye Daisies, a Willow herb, Round-leaved Cranesbill, Herb-Robert, Herb Bennet, Meadow Buttercup, Rough Hawksbit, Meadow Vetchling, Crow Garlic [3], Common Mallow [4], Tufted Vetch, Hedge Bindweed [5], Common Knapweed, Ragwort, Agrimony, Hogweed (now well in flower), Bittersweet, Common Lime tree [6], Broad-leaved Everalsting Pea (an established garden escape), Elder, Ground Elder, Bramble, our resident (female) Monkey Puzzle tree, Wild Raspberry (now in fruit [7]), Creeping uttercup, Stinging Nettle, Smooth Hawk's Beard, Wild Privet, Heath Bedstraw, Dropwort, Bell Heather [8], Honeysuckle [9], Germander Speedwell, Yarrow, Rose of Sharon [10], Lesser Stitchwort, Gorse (to hear the 'cracking' as seeds are ejected from their pods), Ling, Fox-and-Cubs, Stonecrop [11] and Lady's Bedstraw. To see those flowers not selected on the walk, you'll just have to come on the June walk next year! As well as several Cinnabar moths (and their caterpillars busily feeding on Ragwort), a number of butterfly species were noted, including Meadow Brown [12], Marbled White, Ringlet, Gatekeeper and Skipper. There are several other species in the Cemetery, but these were not on display for us, alas. It is again a pleasure to thank John for his informative walk, along with everyone who attended and those who also purchased our booklets and / or made donations so generously. Just in (20/6/17) two photos taken by Barbara Cook-Claridge, Marble White just hatched and Cinnabar moths.