Abbey Meadows

Abbey Meadows

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Star of Scotch Gill woods

This time of year Yellow star of Bethlehem can be found in the Scotch Gill woods west of Morpeth. It can be difficult to find as it grows where you least expect to see it, not in the boggy areas or wet flushes but on the drier areas where the Wood Anemone's and Dog's Mercury grow. Another problem is that although it grows in large clumps not all of them will come into flower and the leaves can easily be overlooked in the emerging undergrowth. I found at least 35-45 plants and 17 of them were in flower.

Yellow Star of Bethlehem (Gagea lutea)

Marsh marigold (Caltha palustrus)

Marsh marigold was also in flower here but most other woodland plants are still in bud. Lots of birdsong in the wood and I saw Marsh Tit and Dipper along the river.


Northumbrian Birding said...

Hi Nigel ,you mentioned these last year a flower I have not seen yet will have to have a run over for a look !!

Phil said...

You've reminded me to go and look for yellow star of Bethlehem in Teesdale - thanks! It's easy to overlook when it's amongst celandines, isn't it? Cheers,phil

abbey meadows said...

Brian: if you can't find them yourself I will show you where they are when you are in the area.
Phil: They can be hard to see as even though I know where they are I walked past them the first time this year and found them on my way back!