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Ashberry Evening Walk
8th June 2014

led by Jim Pewtress

Our Minute Book has the following report for the meeting held on 10th June 1964:

“28 members & guests met on a perfect evening for a botanical ramble in an ideal place (only slightly marred by midges) under guidance of Mr. Alan Gordon. Flowers & plants found included [the list below]. Woodcocks “roding” area in these woods noted.”

Ryenats Members

This year 10 members & guests met on a somewhat overcast evening for a botanical ramble in an ideal place (marred by midges) under guidance of Mr. Jim Pewtress. Flowers & plants found included [the list below]. As well as the plants we saw and photographed what appeared to be a mummified noth (perhaps covered with fungus) and several small black snails on the damp vegetation. We didn’t see or hear woodcocks, but there was a heron.

Fungus on moth

Strange moth which looked mummified, probably casued by fungus

Small snail

One of several small dark snails found on damp vegetation


Ashberry has many special plants   here is a selection, starting with the locally rare and beautiful globeflower.

Globeflower Trollius europaeus

Butterwort Pinguicula vulgaris

One of several colour forms of the Early marsh orchid

Early marsh orchid Dactylorhiza incarnata

Another, characteristic, colour form of the Early marsh orchid


Butterwort Pinguicula vulgaris

Butterwort, an insecivorous plant of bpggy areas

Birdseye primrose Primula farinosa

The delightful birdseye primrose, a rarity in Ryedale


After the “botanical ramble” Nick Fraser kindly invited participants to a fantastic spread of tea, biscuits and cake, contuing our celebratory theme.


1964 list

Latin NameCommon NameNotes
Actaea spicataBaneberryin stage following flowering - berries green
Blechnum spicantHard Fern 
Briza mediaQuaking Grass 
Cardamine amaraBittercress, large 
Cirsium eriophorumThistle, woolly 
Cornus sanguineaDogwood 
Crepis paludosaHawksbeard, marsh 
Cruciata laevipesCrosswort 
Cynoglossum officinaleHounds tongue 
Dactylorhiza fuchsiiOrchid, common spotted 
Dactylorhiza sp.Marsh orchid[Ed: ? - just recorded as marsh orchid - probably incarnata or praetermissa]
Epipactis palustrisHelleborine, marshnot in flower
Geranium sanguineumCranesbill, bloody 
Geum rivaleAvens, water 
Geum urbanumAvens, wood 
Helianthemum nummulariumRockrose 
Listera ovataTwayblade, common 
Lithospermum officinaleGromwell 
Lychnis flos-cuculiRagged robin 
Lysimachia nemorumYellow pimpernel 
Myosotis discolorForgetmenot, changing 
Myosotis sylvaticaForgetmenot, wood 
Neottia nidus-avisOrchid, birdsnestin the wood up the bank
Pedicularis palustrisLousewort, marsh 
Pinguicula vulgarisButterwort 
Polygala vulgarisMilkwort, commonrecorded as Milkwort [Ed: assumed common]
Potentilla erectaTormentil 
Primula farinosaPrimrose, birdseye 
Pyrola minorWintergreen, lesser[Ed: on facing page in book, not actually in list]
Ranunculus flammulaLesser spearwort[Ed: on facing page in book, not actually in list]
Rubus saxatilisStone brambleup the bank in wood
Rumex acetosaSorrel, common 
Sanguisorba minorBurnet, salad 
Sanicula europaeaSanicle 
Stachys officinalisBetony 
Symphytum tuberosumComfrey, tuberous 
Triglochin palustrisMarsh arrowgrass 
Trollius europaeusGlobeflower 
Valeriana dioicaValerian, marsh 
Veronica beccabungaSpeedwell, brooklime 
Viburnum opulusGuelder rose 
Vicia hirsutaHairy tare 

2014 list

Latin NameCommon Name
Aegopodium podagrariaGround elder
Ajuga reptansBugle
Alchemilla glabraLadys mantle
Allium ursinumRamsons
Alopecurus pratensisFoxtail, Meadow
Anemone nemorosaWood anemone
Angelica sylvestrisAngelica
Anthoxanthum odoratumSweet Vernal Grass
Anthriscus sylvestrisCow parsley
Athyrium filix-feminaLady Fern
Bellis perennisDaisy
Betula sp.Birch
Brachypodium sylvaticumSlender False Brome
Briza mediaQuaking Grass
Caltha palustrisMarsh marigold
Cardamine pratensisCuckoo flower or Milkmaid
Carex acutiformisPond sedge
Carex pallescensPale sedge
Carex paniceaCarnation sedge
Carex pulicarisFlea sedge
Carex remotaRemote sedge
Carex rostrataBottle sedge
Carex viridulaYellow sedge
Centaurea nigraKnapweed, common
Cerastium fontanumMouse ear, common
Cirsium arvenseThistle, creeping
Cirsium dissectumThistle, meadow
Conopodium majusPignut
Corylus avellanaHazel
Crepis paludosaHawksbeard, marsh
Cruciata laevipesCrosswort
Cynosurus cristatusCrested Dogstail
Dactylis glomerataCocksfoot
Dactylorhiza fuchsiiOrchid, common spotted
Dactylorhiza incarnataOrchid, early marsh
Dactylorhiza maculataOrchid, heath spotted
Dactylorhiza purpurellaOrchid, northern marsh
Daphne laureolaSpurge laurel
Dryopteris dilatataCommon Buckler Fern
Dryopteris filix-masMale Fern
Equisetum arvenseField Horsetail
Equisetum palustreMarsh Horsetail
Eupatorium cannabinumHemp agrimony
Festuca rubraFescue, Red
Filipendula ulmariaMeadowsweet
Fraxinus excelsiorAsh
Galium aparineCleavers
Galium odoratumWoodruff
Geranium pratenseCranesbill, meadow
Geranium robertianumHerb robert
Geum rivaleAvens, water
Geum sp. (G. intermedium)Avens, hybrid
Geum urbanumAvens, wood
Hedera helixIvy
Heracleum sphondyliumHogweed
Holcus lanatusYorkshire Fog
Hyacinthoides non-scriptaBluebell
Ilex aquifoliumHolly
Juncus acutiflorisSharp-flowered Rush
Juncus effususSoft Rush
Lamiastrum galeobdolonYellow archangel
Lathyrus linifoliusVetch, bitter
Lathyrus pratensisMeadow vetchling
Leontodon hispidusHawkbit, rough
Linum catharticumFlax, fairy
Listera ovataTwayblade, common
Lotus corniculatusBirdsfoot trefoil, common
Lotus pedunculatusBirdsfoot trefoil, greater
Lychnis flos-cuculiRagged robin
Lysimachia nemorumYellow pimpernel
Melica unifloraMelick, Wood
Mentha aquaticaMint, water
Menyanthes trifoliataBogbean
Mercurialis perennisDogs mercury
Myosotis discolorForgetmenot, changing
Myosotis sylvaticaForgetmenot, wood
Origanum vulgareMarjoram
Oxalis acetosellaWood sorrel
Paris quadrifoliaHerb Paris
Pedicularis palustrisLousewort, marsh
Pinguicula vulgarisButterwort
Plantago lanceolataPlantain, ribwort
Poa trivialisMeadow Grass, Rough
Polygala vulgarisMilkwort, common
Potentilla anserinaSilverweed
Potentilla erectaTormentil
Primula farinosaPrimrose, birdseye
Primula verisCowslip
Primula vulgarisPrimrose, common
Prunus spinosaBlackthorn
Pteridium aquilinumBracken
Quercus sp.Oak
Ranunculus acrisButtercup, meadow
Ranunculus ficariaCelandine, lesser
Ranunculus flammulaSpearwort, lesser
Ranunculus repensButtercup, creeping
Rubus fruticosusBramble
Rumex acetosaSorrel, common
Rumex obtusifoliusDock, broad leaved
Rumex sanguineusDock, wood
Sanguisorba minorBurnet, salad
Sanguisorba officinalisBurnet, great
Sanicula europaeaSanicle
Schoenus nigricansBlack Bog rush
Scrophularia nodosaFigwort, common
Silaum silausPepper saxifrage
Silene dioicaCampion, red
Stachys officinalisBetony
Stachys sylvaticaWoundwort, hedge
Stellaria gramineaStitchwort, lesser
Stellaria holosteaStitchwort, greater
Trifolium mediumClover, zigzag
Trifolium pratenseClover, red
Trifolium repensClover, white
Trollius europaeusG;obeflower
Tussilago farfaraColtsfoot
Urtica dioicaNettle, common
Vaccinium myrtillusBilberry
Valeriana dioicaValerian, marsh
Veronica beccabungaSpeedwell, brooklime
Veronica chamaedrysSpeedwell, germander
Veronica montanaSpeedwell, wood
Vicia sepiumVetch, bush
? Vicia hirsutaHairy tare



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