Monday, 27 May 2019

Small-flowered Buttercup New to VC64

This had to be the highlight of last weekend. Nothing better than walking my well trodden route from Woodlesford to Temple Newsam and back only to spot something completely unexpected. Surprisingly, this is the first record of Small-flowered Buttercup (Ranunculus parviflorus) for VC64, even acknowledging this is mainly a southern species. Even more surprising, based on the BSBI database (a great resource if you want a species list or distribution map), this seems to be just the second record for the whole of the historic West Riding (a vast chunk of Yorkshire) and the first since at least 1870.