Toothwort, hoary stock & species quest update (177).

Over 70 flowering spikes of toothwort are currently showing in the lower park area of Alexandra Park, which were interestingly being regularly visited by bumblebees, mainly Bombus pascuorum. This plant is very scarce in Sussex.

Toothwort, Alexandra Park

Another rare plant I checked out yesterday was hoary stock at Rock-a-nore. It is only just starting to flower so will be much more showy in a couple of weeks time. The yellow flowers in the photo are wallflower. Hoary stock is very scarce in Britain and is only considered native on the south coast.

Hoary Stock & Wallflower

Other new species added to the species quest list included Andrena thoracica (a mining bee), Glomeris marginata (pill millipede) and minotaur beetle at Warren Glen.

There are still good numbers of linnet using the arable margins at Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve with 100+ counted. Also 2 raven flew over A04 while doing the final arable bird count for the winter survey.

The species quest count is currently at 177.

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