February 2018

LBS: Altcar (evening meeting)

Leader - Steve Cross

Meet at Hightown Station at 18:00.

Green-winged Orchids, Cowslips etc.

Waterproof footware advised.

Members are advised to contact leaders or Wendy Atkinson for further information, and the possibility of car sharing. Please wear suitable footware, waterproof clothing and bring a packed lunch. 

LBS: Crosby

Leaders - Steve Cross

Meet at Crosby Marina (bottom of South Road, SJ317978).

Coastal and Urban plants.

Members are advised to contact leaders or Wendy Atkinson for further information, and the possibility of car sharing. Please wear suitable footware, waterproof clothing and bring a packed lunch. 

For information on the Liverpool Botanical Society please contact Wendy Atkinson at World Museum, Liverpool (01514784216; wendy.atkinson@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk)

LBS: Wepre Woods

Leader - Peter Gateley

Meet at Visitor Centre, CH5 4HL (SJ294682)

Spring woodland flora.

Members are advised to contact leaders or Wendy Atkinson for further information, and the possibility of car sharing. Please wear suitable footware, waterproof clothing and bring a packed lunch. 

For information on the Liverpool Botanical Society please contact Wendy Atkinson at World Museum, Liverpool (01514784216; wendy.atkinson@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk)

LBS: Cronton Colliery

Leader Stephen Fletcher

Meet at Dacres Bridge Lane off Cronton Road (SJ470890).

Re-vegetated colliery waste and fringing woodlands.

 

Members are advised to contact leaders or Wendy Atkinson for further information, and the possibility of car sharing. Please wear suitable footware, waterproof clothing and bring a packed lunch. 

LBS: Plants of South West Australia

A guide to some of the plants of south-west Australia with Barbara Greenwood.

Indoor meetings are held at the Treasure House Theatre, Level 1, World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool.

For information on the Liverpool Botanical Society please contact Wendy Atkinson at World Museum, Liverpool (01514784216; wendy.atkinson@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk)

Dr Phil Smith: Wildlife Notes January 2018

Pink-foot Goose (Dr Phil Smith)

With 18 rain-days and the two named storms Eleanor and Georgina, January was wetter than average. This meant a welcome recovery in the dune water-table which returned to “normal” winter levels. I measured a rise of about 17cm at the Devil’s Hole blowout during the month, resulting in extensive flooding of the lower sections. This is good news for the Natterjack Toad which might have somewhere to breed in the spring.

Big tides and high winds early in the month created a storm surge which, although not as strong as those in the 2013/14 winter, produced some erosion at Formby Point and Hightown. I estimated a 5m loss of dunes at Hightown, impacting important populations of Isle of Man Cabbage and the rare Triple-hybrid Evening Primrose. In contrast, there were minimal effects at the Ainsdale end of Birkdale Green Beach, where the much wider shore absorbs the energy of the waves.