County Mayo’s Wild Plants

This week the BSBI (Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland) have been recording plants in Mayo. Nearly 40 botanists have volunteered their time to survey the county for the upcoming Plant Atlas 2020. I had the privilege of being able to join them for two days this week and I learned a huge amount from these gifted people.

Botanists hard at work

Botanists hard at work

With still a day to go over 8500 plant records have already been documented. On my first day out one of the highlights were these lovely heath spotted orchids. We also saw Twayblade but by then it was too wet to take a photograph.

Heath spotted orchid

Heath spotted orchid

Yesterday we visited a coastal site near Louisburgh. We had wonderful views of Clare Island, Croagh Patrick, and Mweelrea Mountain (Mayo’s tallest mountain at 814m).

Getting down low we found some lovely plants including this delicate Rock Sea-spurrey (Spergularia rupicola). Sneezewoth is a plant I don’t remember seeing since I was a child. The stonewalls had some lovely ferns including this polypody. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative two days with some great botanists. I found their enthusiasm for plants totally infectious.

Rock sea-spurrey

Rock sea-spurrey

Sneezeworth (Achillea ptarmica)

Sneezeworth (Achillea ptarmica)

Polypody

Polypody

More information about the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland can be found at their website at or their facebook page.

 

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16 thoughts on “County Mayo’s Wild Plants

  1. fernwoodnursery

    Would have loved to fly right over from Maine ( actually will be there again this October) to join this excursion. When I am in Ireland I am always wishing to walk with someone who has botanical knowledge. There are many plants I am not familiar with or are related to some we have here. Sounds like a fantastic day, and I will check out the site! Thanks, denise

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      1. fernwoodnursery

        I’ll be in County Kerry for a couple of weeks in October, but first at the Ballinasloe horse fair first. I come to Ireland every year and would love the chance to walk with someone to help identify some of the plants i don’t know. Some very different from our zone 4 Maine. I think Ireland is much more like our West Coast. Thank you for the offer to walk….would love that and will keep you posted of my travels.
        Much obliged, denise

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  2. Miranda McCoy

    I love everything about the Polypody – the name, the look, the colour! As usual fabulous images and a wonderful sense of the work you do. xx

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  3. Jane

    I love the spotted orchids that you find and Sneezeworth – what a descriptive name. Here’s to the botanists and you for all your enthusiasm and revelations.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      It’s latin name is Achillea ptarmica and according to wikipedia the name ptarmica comes from the Greek word ptairo (=sneeze) and means ’causes sneezing’ – I haven’t tried it though!

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