2021 County Report for South-west Yorkshire

Kay McDowell, Louise Hill

Any projects and fieldwork you undertook yourself or with local groups

John Scott and Kay went to check out a report of Daphne mezereon from a conservation volunteer group working on the Trans Pennine Trail near Penistone on 9th April.

John Scott and Kay went to Old Finningley and Brooks Wood, Hurst Plantation for early-flowering small plants on 28th April.

Honley Old Woods meadow and heath survey for Kirklees Council with me, Jill Lucas and David Burton on 29th June.

BSBI True Fox Sedge, Fishlake meeting on 27th June lead by Louise Hill. The meeting was well attended with several folk travelling quite a fair distance to see a Red Data Book sedge.

Featherbed Moss joint meeting with Saddleworth Nats to look at condition of moorland and looking for ferns and willow scrub since drain blocking and cessation of grazing on 8th September.

Any initiatives, such as talks, campaigns or collaborations

Collaboration with Saddleworth Nats (see above).

Any progress with RPRs, checklists and floras

Alastair Fitter’s Yorkshire Priority Plants Project. I emailed Alastair and suggested helping with this project. In March there will be a BBG talk on 16th March and then we’ll talk about a collaboration with BBG and VC63 recording group.

Any particularly interesting finds

A record for Dittrichia graveolens, a wool alien near Potteric Carr was emailed to Louise at the beginning of January, which was last recorded in 1961 by David Pearman.