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16 Craigmore Seafront (30.6.19)

Posted 30/6/2019

Craigmore seafrontCraigmore seafront


A little opportunism!   For whatever reason, the Council haven’t cut most of the roadside sward on the Rothesay seafront for well over a month.  Local opinion is divided;  some people are delighted to see this blossoming of wildflowers and grasses while others regard the lack of maintenance as a disgrace in a town that has been noted for its well-maintained gardens for over 150 years.

Those parts of the seafront that are never cut have always provided an interesting range of plants, though increasingly dominated by the sprawling, yellow Sea Radish.  But, this year, the grassy sward that is normally mown is also providing an array of colour and a delightful display of grasses in flower.


Cat's-ear and Ribwort PlantainCat's-ear and Ribwort Plantain


The distance covered by this walk is a mere 500 yards, starting at the Craigmore pier (GR NS104655) and moving eastwards.  Take your time and you can find over 70 species, nearly all of them now in flower.  They are the usual species that are likely to be found on a coastal stretch such as this, but their impact this year is exceptional.


SelfhealSelfhealI can well understand the view that a grassy sward that is left uncut, with Docks and Sorrell starting to make their presence felt, is a sign of neglect and, unquestionably, the area will become unsightly if the ‘hay crop’ is not picked up after it has eventually been mown.  But there is a solution which, if implemented in future years, would surely be acceptable to most people:  mow part of the sward regularly, perhaps creating pathways, and leave the rest to flower.  Such an approach clearly indicates that the area is not simply being neglected and, provided the uncut area is tidied up after eventually being mown, it could well become an annual attraction in its own right.

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Anyway, here’s what I saw today – it averages out at one new species for every seven yards of travel and shows that you don’t always need to go far to enjoy a diverse range of species!

Bramble Rubus fruticosus agg.
Broad Buckler-fern Dryopteris dilatata
Broad-leaved Dock Rumex obtusifolius
Broad-leaved Willowherb Epilobium montanum
Buck's-horn Plantain Plantago coronopus
Cat's-ear Hypochaeris radicata
Cleavers Galium aparine
Cocksfoot Dactylis glomerata
Colt's-foot Tussilago farfara
Common Bent Agrostis capillaris
Common Bird's-foot-trefoil Lotus corniculatus
Common Couch Elytrigia repens
Common Hemp-nettle Galeopsis tetrahit
Common Mouse-ear Cerastium fontanum
Common Nettle Urtica dioica
Common Ramping-fumitory Fumaria muralis
Common Saltmarsh-grass Puccinellia maritima
Common Sorrel Rumex acetosa
Creeping Buttercup Ranunculus repens
Crested Dog's-tail Cynosurus cristatus
Curled Dock Rumex crispus
Daisy Bellis perennis
Dandelion Taraxacum officinale agg.
Dotted Loosestrife Lysimachia punctata
False Oat-grass Arrhenatherum elatius
Field Horsetail Equisitum arvense
Germander Speedwell Veronica chamaedrys
Greater Bird's-foot-trefoil Lotus pedunculatus
Greater Plantain Plantago major
Hedge Bindweed Calystegia sepium
Herb Robert Geranium robertianum
Hogweed Heracleum spondylium
Ivy-leaved Toadflax Cymbalaria muralis
Knapweed Centaurea nigra
Lady's-smock Cardamine pratensis
Lesser Stitchwort Stellaria graminea
Lesser Yellow-trefoil Trifolium dubium
Lyme Grass Leymus arenarius
Marsh Foxtail Alopecurus geniculatus
Meadow Buttercup Ranunculus acris
Meadow Vetchling Lathyrus pratensis
Nipplewort Lapsana communis
Orache Atriplex agg.
Ox-eye Daisy Leucanthemum vulgare
Perennial Rye-grass Lolium perenne
Prickly Sowthistle Sonchus asper
Procumbent Pearlwort Sagina procumbens
Ragwort Senecio jacobaea
Red Clover Trifolium pratense
Red fescue Festuca rubra agg.
Ribwort Plantain Plantago lanceolata
Rosebay Willowherb Chamerion angustifolium
Rough Meadow-grass Poa trivialis
Scurvygrass Cochlearia officinalis
Sea Mayweed Tripleurospermum maritimum
Sea Milkwort Glaux maritima
Sea Plantain Plantago maritima
Sea Radish Raphanus raphanistrum 
Sea Sandwort Honkenya peploides
Selfheal Prunella vulgaris
Silverweed Potentilla anserina
Smooth Hawk's-beard Crepis capillaris
Smooth Sowthistle Sonchus oleraceus
Sweet Vernal-grass Anthoxanthum odoratum
Tall Fescue Schedonorus arundinaceus
Thrift Armeria maritima
White Clover Trifolium repens
Yarrow Achillea millefolium
Yorkshire Fog Holcus lanatus