Friday, 11 November 2016

Where There's Muck - Part II

So the visits to sewage works have continued and, despite the lateness of the season, so have the nice finds. They really are fascinating sites and a lesson in the resilience of seeds. At one site there was a veritable fruit salad with the mandatory Fig (Ficus carica) and Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) being joined by Cape Gooseberry (Physalis peruviana), Strawberry (Fragaria ananassa) and even a well established Grape Vine (Vitis vinifera).

Life behind bars! - Fig tree making its way into the light(?) of autumnal Dewsbury (VC63)

This one has really got its roots down, that's one happy Fig - Knostrop (VC64)

Cape Gooseberry at Harrogate (VC64) - where else, Tomatos are so last year

Or how about this as an oddity, no idea what this says about the diet of people in Dewsbury!

Orange Bladder-senna (Colutea x media) - Dewsbury (VC63)

However, the best find for me of the last few weeks had to be the huge population (1000's) of Musk Stork's-bill (Erodium moschatum) at Knostrop (VC64). Nothing to do with the sewage treatment process, but it obviously liked the management regime at the site.

Photo by Dick Culbert from Wikimedia Commons


  1. I also enjoy botanising sewage treatment works, even through the winter but recently I have struggled to get permission. Have you any tips? Great Blog by the way.

    1. Thanks for your comments. Unfortunately I can offer no tips on access, I was lucky enough to have access through work and even better my work was plant focussed.