Field meeting to Ryecroft Glen and Ladies Spring Wood (Sheffield), 24 May 2015
Another small area of railway land yielded Common Broom (Cytisus scoparius), Tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum), Common Vetch (Vicia sativa segetalis) and Common Figwort (Scrophularia nodosa).
The steep slope in Ladies Spring Wood was quite testing for some of the party, but along the path Common Cow-wheat (Melampyrum pratense) was in flower, and when we reached level ground we were able to view a colony of White Comfrey (Symphytum orientale) which has been established here for at least 45 years. Retracing our steps gave us Three-veined Sandwort (Moehringia trinervia) and a single specimen of Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis odorata) hiding amongst Cow Parsley. 118 species were recorded in SK3181 with a similar number in SK3182, and all records have been passed to the VC57 recorder.
Images Mel Linney