Ophioglossums at Aerial Field, Farlington Marshes

I found 10 colonies of Ophioglossum vulgatum in the Aerial field, Farlington Marshes
I had been told of these ferns previously and some are “old” sites and some are new
The field is used for cattle grazing and the young cows are friendly and inquisitive
The field is rough pasture with occasional brambles bushes
The cows do not eat the brambles and the Ophioglossum colonies seem to establish themselves at the edges of the bushes and then sometimes creep out onto the grassland
I am guessingh the cows are both a blessing (they fertilise the soil and keep the competing vegetation low) and a curse (they will eat the Ophioglossums)

Ophioglossum vulgatum 2022

I revisited the Ophioglossum vulgatum colonies at Ports creek, Hilsea Lines at the top of Portsmouth Island
These fields are maintained to allow the orchids to thrive so they are only mown once a year in the autumn
The Ophioglossums seem mostly to grow around the base of the hawthorn bushes
I found 6 colonies this year
These plants vary in size from less than an inch to the one below which was about 3 x 8 inches

The allotment May 2022

These are some of the more exotic ferns that I grow in my unheaqted polytunnel on the allotment
The tempreature rarely goes below zero and we probably do not experience air frosts in the polytunnel
All these ferns have survived at least 5 years

Botrychium lunaria in May at Markway Inclosure in the New Forest 2022

Following some information from Alison Bolton, Ashley Basil and myself went to see if we could find Botryciums and Ophioglossums at the edge of Markway Inclosure in the New Forest
The area where https://ebps.org.uk/wp-admin/upload.phpwe found these plants lies between the 2 red flags on the map
We marked all the Botrychiums with bamboo barbecue skewers
We ran out of the skewers after identifying over 110 plants
We also found about 10 colonies of Ophioglossums

Botrychium lunaria in May in the New Forest 2022

Ashley & Jo Basil, Steve & Karen Munyard and myself, went to check out the Botrychiums at Appleslade Bottom
It seems as though the New Forest hs been suffering a bit of a drought this year and the bracken was only just breaking through the ground
This made it easier to see both the Botrychiums (B) and Ophioglossums (O), the latter were very small with very few fertile spikes
We count each B plant as one but O plants we count as colonies of many palnts

In past years we had found most plants in area #1 (B and O) and less plants at area #2 (B)
This year we found about 40 B in area #1 and #2 and about 11 O colonies in area #1
We also found arounf 10 B at area #3 which was new to us
At the end of our ferning we met by chance with Alison Bolton who gave us a new location (area #4) for O, where we found a large colony and also about 4 B

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