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SATURDAY 24 AUGUST 2013

TYMON PARK, TALLAGHT

LEADERS: SYLVIA & JULIAN REYNOLDS

The aim of the field meeting was how to go about recording plants, such as those growing in the park. As the leaders and six participants walked through the park, we discussed topics including which species one would record (native and alien), the use of scientific and/or common names and standard sources to follow; who the records are for - as a way of learning for oneself (best to look at associated species in specific habitats), a commissioned habitat-based survey of this park, a targeted survey for selected species, or organized recording schemes in grid squares; and what information is needed when making records. Tymon Park and Greenhills Park across the M50 motorway fall into four 1 km grid squares and have an interesting range of habitats, including esker vegetation (e.g. Senecio erucifolius Hoary Ragwort, Ononis repens Restharrow, Centaurea scabiosa Greater Knapweed), uncut semi-natural grassland (e.g. Daucus carota Wild Carrot, Leucanthemum vulgare Oxeye Daisy, Rhinanthus minor Yellow-rattle), hedgerows, planted groves of trees, several ponds with a mixture of native and introduced species (e.g. Cyperus longus Galingale, Elodea nuttallii Nuttall’s Waterweed), ditches (e.g. Butomus umbellatus Flowering-rush), amenity grassland and waste ground. This year some 150 species have been recorded on two visits in 1 km square O1029, excluding those planted but not spreading.
SR, 31 Aug. 2013

 

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