Botrychium lunaria in May in the New Forest 2020

Ashley & Jo Basil and myself, went back to check out the Botrychiums at Appleslade Bottom

We found about 50 plants
They grow in an “open” field amongst bracken
A lot of the bracken seemed to be suffering from a late frost, which helped us find the Botrychiums
It is not probable that we found them all. This is around the same number for previous years but they seem to moving lower down the slight hill
I have included a picture that I hope explains our numbering methodology
These are bamboo kebab spears, 12 inches long, to which I added some red sticky tape at the top to make them more visible
We put one of these next to each plant and then when we have had enough of searching, we collect the “spears” and count them

We also found about 12 distinct colonies of Ophioglossum azoricum in 3 different areas

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