2021 County Report for West Lancashire
The ongoing pandemic resulted in the cancellation of most our planned field excursions for 2021 but many local naturalists continued to make botanical observations within the restrictions and over 7,300 records have been imported to Mapmate thus far with 903 species having been recorded. A limited amount of targeted 10km recording was carried out during 2021 mainly in the south of the vice-county and along the coastal regions. Species monitoring included Anacamptis morio (Green-winged Orchid) counts at Silverdale as well as a trip to the former ironworks slagheaps at Warton where several populations of Clinopodium acinos (Basil Thyme) and Centaurium pulchellum (Lesser Centaury) still occur.
In addition, there were probably in excess of 9,000 vascular records with over 1,000 species entered to iNaturalist for 2021 for VC60, thus far not all these records are being transferred to iRecord as records without images generally come under the casual record category. In addition to general recording, three major iNaturalist projects which generated vascular plant records were the City Nature Challenge 2021 (30th April to 3rd May), the European Bioblitz (24th to 25th September) and the Wyre Coastal Bioblitz (6th June to 31st July) with the latter capturing over 4,000 vascular plant records, around 600 species and a first record for Tropaeolum ciliatum (Yellow Flame-flower) when access to a disused railway was granted.