Hugh Harris: NATIONAL TRUST COASTAL BIOBLITZ, Sat 20th and Sun 21st June 2015

Hugh Harris. Lime Hawk Moth

The area at Formby Point managed by the National Trust has increased (520 acres) through a gift of the former tobacco waste areas by the British Nicotine Company, the purchase in 1985 of the Larkhill Lane heathland area from Ideal Homes Ltd and the recent purchase of the former agricultural area north of Wicks Lane. This area is heavily used for recreation and accessed via the large Victoria Road carpark. Here the frontal sand dunes are being rapidly cut back by the sea and prehistoric footprints can sometimes be found on the beach.

Lost & Found: Chrysomyxa pirolata; a rust fungus on Wintergreen

Tony Carter, Chrysomyxa pirolata

With financial support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Kew has embarked on the Lost & Found Fungi Project, a five-year UK fungal research programme in partnership with the volunteer science community. With support from Kew, local fungus recording groups are carrying out surveys and monitoring exercises for a set of 100 species that are currently assumed to be rare, to establish whether they are still extant in the UK and, if so, whether their distributions are larger or smaller than are known at present and whether they are threatened.

Summary: Sefton Coast Isle of Man Cabbage surveys, 2015

Coincya monensis monensis (Dr Phil Smith)

All the known Sefton sites for the British endemic Isle of Man Cabbage (Coincya monensis ssp. monensis) were visited in late May/early June 2015 and numbers of plants counted. At Crosby Marine Park, where sand was removed from a dune ridge for a 2011 coast protection scheme, 1361 plants were found on the extracted ridge while 211 were counted on the outer shore dunes that had been used as a donor site for a translocation in 2011.

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