2020 County Report for East Cork

Finbarr Wallace, Edwina Cole

In 2020 over 14,900 records, excluding duplicates, in over 180 monads in 22 hectads were entered into the database for H5. All records validated.

No organised field outings or other group outings this year.

Empetrum nigrum (Crowberry) was added to the H5 flora in 2020.

Chara virgata (Delicate Stonewort) in only its second H5 hectad -in a puddle at the edge of a track in a conifer plantation.

A new hectad for Sagina nodosa (Knotted Pearlwort)- including in the same overall site as C. virgata. It is possible (probable?) both were introduced with limestone chippings used on forestry tracks; the plantation is on Old Red Sandstone.

3 hectad firsts for Pinguicula lusitanica (Pale Butterwort), only recorded in 5 hectads previously.

Annoyingly satisfying, Galeopsis bifida (Bifid Hemp-nettle), not re-found in our four seasons recording for Atlas 2020, showed up in 4 hectads not previously recorded in. Only recorded in 4 other hectads before 2000.

Hordeum murinum (Wall Barley) recorded along the dual carriageway east out of Cork city in its second ever H5 hectad.

Polypogon viridis (Water Bent) in a second H5 hectad - admittedly in a monad adjacent to its 2019 VC first record.

Helleborus argutifolius (Corsican Hellebore) on a footpath at the base of a city wall – a non-native VC first record.

Chara virgata (Delicate Stonewort)

Chara virgata (Delicate Stonewort)

Helleborus argutifolius (Corsican Hellebore)

Helleborus argutifolius (Corsican Hellebore)