A few of us met at Polly Joke car park on Saturday morning to pull some ragwort on Cubert Common before setting off after lunch to do a wildflower survey for Plantlife’s Wildflowers Count.
The ragwort is still in rosette form, but once we all knew what we were looking for we found quite a few to dig up in the morning. One of the advantages of removing the plant at this stage is that it we use fewer collection bags as it takes longer to fill them!
Our aim is to reduce the number of flowering ragwort, not to eradicate it. The plant is eaten by cinnabar moth caterpillars, they will eat it down to the ground and at flowering stage it is a great nectar source for many insects.
In the afternoon we walked from Polly Joke car park out on to the Kelseys, it was very windy on the headland! But with local botanist Ian Bennallick’s help we noted about 100 different plants, and that doesn’t include all the types of grasses.
The flowers are only starting to show on some species, this year’s cold weather has meant they’re all a bit later this year. But we’re going back to remove more ragwort and carry out the Wildflowers Count survey again on Sunday 28 July, let me know if you can come along and help. However, should you wish to see a carpet of spring squill, its in flower now, on a number of coastal sites.
Sarah Stevens, Ranger, Tintagel to Holywell