2023 County Report for Dumfriesshire

Chris Miles

Write ups of each of the 11 local group meetings can be seen here Dumfriesshire, v.c. 72 – Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland (bsbi.org).

Not all data is uploaded yet but there will be close to 10,000 new records collected through the year.  We used the BSBI app for some recording.

A display was made for the Scottish Botany Conference in November where photos or specimens of the first vice county records for Dune Helleborine, Epipactis dunensis found by Paul Stanley, Northern Knotweed, Polygonum boreale and Purple Ramping-fumitory Fumaria purpurea were shown.

Other interesting finds were: the 4th known colony for Purple Small-reed Calamagrostis canescens at Hollows; the 6th colony for Rough Horsetail Equisetum hymenale in the Kello water; a new hectad for Broad-leaved Helleborine Epipactis helleborine found by Alison Robinson at Caerlaverock Castle and it was refound in NX9878 for the first time since 1847. A new site for Shady Horsetail Equisetum pratense in the western Moffat Hills by Jan Davidson and Sarah White and a new hectad for this species in the Langholm Hills.

Angus Hannah has named 700 photographs of brambles collected through the season. For the first time since the 1980s we have localised records for 23 bramble species in 65 monads from 21 Hectads. This is just the start!

Brian Burrow confirmed that a specimen collected last year and again this year at Craignee is Tain Hawkweed H. subrude a new vice county and southern Scotland record for this taxon.

Fumaria purpurea Purple Ramping-fumitory

Drew Davidson invited me to look at an arable field on the family farm. An interesting flora included a Fumaria with large recurved flowers, very large sepals, and a pink back ground colour. Tim Rich confirmed the id.