Monday, 17 August 2009

A Glimpse of the Mersey Valley 50 Years Ago - Hilda Broady's Journal

17th August, 1959

I visited the plot mainly to collect fresh specimens of water pepper which was in flower. The whole plant is very prolific on the banks of the stream, and also growing in the bed of the stream which had become quite hard in places. Further along, however, the bed of the stream was muddy and I also collected pondweed which I believe to be common water starwort (Callitriche Palustris)*.

With difficulty, I also uprooted the runners of creeping buttercup. This plant has spread considerably over the last couple of months, though no flowers are to be seen.
I saw two brightly coloured moths or butterflies, but they disappeared beyond reach. They were red and rust coloured.

*The Water Starworts are a particularly difficult group and identification of the different species depends on microscopic examination of their tiny fruits (first find the fruits!). It would appear that a common species in this area is C. stagnalis – Ed.
Posted by Dave Bishop, 17th August 2009

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