2021 County Report for Monmouthshire
Stephanie Tyler and Elsa Wood
We recorded weekly in less-well covered tetrads and we entered almost 4,000 new records on Mapmate in 2021; many records came from other botanists, notably Heather Colls, Anne Griffiths and Lauri MacLean.
A survey of a sample of 70 arable fields was undertaken in the late summer and autumn by SJT and EW and among the species recorded were two rare and declining species - see interesting finds. An article with the full results of the arable survey will be published in the next Welsh Bulletin.
The Rare Plant Register published online in early 2020 is still being revised because of recent finds. Some species such as Chenopodium glaucum (Oak-leaved Goosefoot) are more widespread than previously thought and this happily means that they now fail to meet the criteria to be included in the Register.
Monmouthshire Botany Group held monthly field meetings from May to September in 2021. The Covid pandemic put paid to a proper NYPH but two individuals were able to take part in Monmouth.
At the request of the local Records Centre and the Living Levels Project SJT and EW attended a bioblitz at a farm on the Gwent Levels near Newport and compiled a list of all the plants on the farm.
Surveys for the Monmouthshire Meadow Group revealed at least six more meadows that meet the criteria for designation as Local Wildlife Sites. SJT sits on the LWS Panel that determines designation.