REPORT OF THE FIELD MEETING TO BEAUCHIEF ABBEY, 12 JULY 2014
On a hot day a group of 7 explored and recorded this area of green belt land on the SW side of Sheffield, all of which belongs to VC57 (Derbyshire). Behind the Abbey Bistort (Persicaria bistorta) is present on one of the graves but is usually mown soon after flowering. The Abbey ponds held a variety of aquatic and marginal species including the invasive New Zealand Pigmyweed (Crassula helmsii), Marsh Ragwort (Senecio aquaticus) and Various-leaved Water-starwort (Callitriche platycarpa). The latter was found and identified by Ambroise Baker. The colony of Wood Barley (Hordelymus europaeus) which used to occur behind the upper pond no longer seems to exist, but a few specimens were found a bit further on at the edge of Gulley's Wood. The old nursery is gradually being converted into allotment gardens but many interesting species remain, including Small Nettle (Urtica urens), Hoary Mustard (Hirschfeldia incana), Common Stork's-bill (Erodium cicutarium), Fern-grass (Catapodium rigidum), Rat's-tail Fescue (Vulpia myuros) and Great Brome (Anisantha diandra). A single Broad-leaved Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine) was seen in the woods below Bradway Road. Across that road on Dore and Totley golf course an area of disturbed soil held Fool's-parsley (Aethusa cynapium), Scarlet-pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis), Wall Speedwell (Veronica arvensis) and Field Pansy (Viola arvensis), whilst a wall on Bradway Road provided 4 Asplenium ferns, Hart's-tongue (A.scolopendrium), Wall-rue (A.ruta muraria), Black Spleenwort (A.adiantum- nigrum) and Maidenhair Spleenwort (A. trichomanes). Thanks especially to Oliver Pescott and Ambroise Baker for spotting plants that I might have missed and for helping with accurate identification.