Lindow Common Evening Walk 11 May 2022

The group had a very enjoyable evening walk at Lindow Common, Wilmslow, on 11 May 2022.

After heavy rain in the morning, the afternoon was dry and the walk in the evening was under clear skies.

Nine members attended and saw a mix of birds, some of which were difficult to see amongst the new leaves on trees. In these circumstances, many eyes are more successful than one pair. The list included Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow, a pair of Great Crested Grebe both with young on their backs, Grey Heron, Mallard, Moorhen with four young among the yellow irises, Mandarin Ducks, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Blackcap, and before dusk Swift and Swallows appeared. There were plenty of insects flying around for them to feed on.

We heard Song Thrushes and Chiffchaff, which we eventually managed to see. The Reed Warbler also called but we missed a sighting of it. Similarly the chinking call of a Reed Bunting was heard in the reeds around Black Lake but the bird didn’t let us get a view of it until it flew to sit in a lakeside tree.

Some of the party took delight in botany studying as well. A separate report on that will be interesting reading.

A lovely evening was spent by all who attended and pleased with what we had managed to see.

Veronica Moore

Lindow Common Evening Walk – Botany report 

Lindow Common is one of the few remaining examples of lowland heath present in Cheshire, with heather covering areas of the common. During the evening walk we found Tormentil (Potentilla erecta) in the heather heathland.  Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) and Red Campion (Silene dioca) and Welsh poppy (Meconopsis cambrica) were found alongside some of the paths by the lake.  The highlights of the walk were the plants in and around Black Lake, which included Yellow Iris(Iris pseudacorus), Water Forget-me-knot(Myosotis scorpioides) and it was good to see flowering Bog Bean (Menyanthes trifoliata).  The basal leaf clusters of two species of orchids were found to be growing close to the edge of the lake.  These orchids benefit from being shielded by the protective fence around the lake and are growing in sheltered conditions.  These orchids will probably flower in late May/June and with no flowers we had to try and identify the species from the leaves.  The plants with a basal rosette of plain, broad leaves were thought to be one of the marsh orchids but the rosettes of broad spotted leaves proved more difficult to identify.  We will need another visit later in May or early June to see these plants flowering. Bush vetch (Vica sepium) and a species of Speedwell were found in the grassland areas.  Thank you to Lucy and Ruth for your speedwell identification skills. We think the speedwell species was Germander Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys) but was difficult to identify in the fading light and without bringing a hand lens, that key piece of kit to assist with the complexity of identifying plant species!  We also found flowering Cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris), Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) in leaf and getting ready to flower next month.

Jackie Carter & Ruth Durrell