|Primroses at Staplefield, where the meeting was held.|
One very interesting talk was about the new Churchyard survey for Sussex. Helen, the coordinator, explained that:
- Churchyards provide several different habitats such as walls, grassland, paths, hedgerows and grassland
- They had previously been surveyed in the 1980s
- The surveys done so far (2016) have more species than 1980s but this may be down to people having better sources about information.
- That conservation areas need to have grass removed sometimes otherwise wildflower seeds cannot germinate.
- number of species in 2016 - 147
- number of grass species - 13
- ancient woodland indicator species - 9
- unimproved grassland indicator species - 11
- orchid species - 1
Following a site visit and survey in summer 2015 it is recommended that the Local Wildlife Site boundary be extended to include half of the newer area of cemetery to the North of the road. The grassland has a more acidic characteristic and the east half of this area is species rich with plant species Heath Grass, Devil's Bit Scabious, Eyebright and Trailing St. John's Wort.
There is more information about caring for graveyards and cemeteries at http://www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk/
Other useful tidbits
Returning to the AGM ...
There will be an Autumn get together (as well as all the spring and summer field meetings) on October 28th.
Mathew said that if we were in doubt over an ID, had something unexpected or a hybrid to check with him. The BSBI website is http://bsbi.org/
The webmaster outlined features of the SBRS website:
- Latest sightings - needn't be confined to rare items. Anything interesting - maybe because it is the first of a type you have identified.
- There is a map, which you can click to find species found in a particular "tetrad". Some tedrads (listed on the website) have no items so it would be nice to get some.
Brad displayed splendid photos of mosses and liverworts. There is more information at:
photos - https://www.flickr.com/photos/23980231@N07/collections/72157675601655911/
website - https://sussexbryophytes.wordpress.com/
In a conversation about a survey, one of the committee explained the meanings of letters used in surveys.
P = Planted
C = Casual
N = Natural
S = Surviving
E = Established
U = Unknown
I had a chat about the NPMS squares scheme, in which people record plants in a particular square on the map. I've just had another look but nothing available close enough.