Parsonage Moor near Cothill is the largest example of alkaline fen in central England. On two socially-distanced visits in early August 2020 twelve members visited the site. The main attraction was the flowering Grass of Parnassus but there was also a variety of insects including Long Winged Coneheads (a species of Bush Cricket) and Lesser Marsh grasshoppers, as well as several dragonflies. Several Common Lizards were basking on the boardwalks.
Sixteen members visited Broadwell Airfield, a very good botanical site, on 17 and 19 June for the first three of our ‘socially distanced’ walks. There is a full report in the newsletter. As well as innumerable Pyramidal Orchids there were a number of other notable things, especially several ‘tents’ of Small Eggar moth caterpillars, lots of Whitethroats singing and picking-off the caterpillars, a large clump of Dyer’s Greenweed and several examples of Grass Vetch. Overall a total of 114 plant species were recorded.