Botrychium lunaria in April in the New Forest

Ashley Basil and myself went to see if we could find Botrychium lunaria in the known site at Appleslade Bottom.

We found about 15 small plants

We also found some colonies of Ophioglossum vulgatum

We were a little surprised that both these ferns could be seen at this time of year. We will go back at the end of April and see what they look like and how many we can find

Asplenium adiantum-nigrum in Earby

The lone Asplenium adiantum-nigrum on the railway wall by the A56 seems to be doing well, and has put out several new fronds. I took this picture on the 5th – but only noticed the large black slug when I came to post the picture. I looked at the plant again today, and I’m pleased to say that the new fronds are still there – untouched by both the slug and the frost we had the last 2 nights.

New fronds on the Earby plant