Friday, 30 December 2016

Short report of recording Wexford during 2016

Above map shows all monads where 100+ species have been recorded since the year 2000.
The above chart:
Black columns – the average number of species recorded for all monads where 100+ species recorded in a single visit in each calendar month since the year 2000.
Red line – shows the number of days spent in each calendar month since the year 2000 where 100+ species recorded on a single visit. Very interesting to see that July has had so little recording compared to other summer months.

 I think you could say we got rather carried away with recording in 2016 as 127,364 records were collected. 48,000 more than any other year. All have been entered into MapMate and sent onto the BSBI DDb database.
Recording took place over the whole year. Records were received from 43 people besides me and my joint vice-county recorder Paula O’Meara. The majority sent in records for the flower of the month the Wexford Naturalists’ Field Club chose to record. This proved highly successfully and popular amongst club members. Many monads had gaps filled for spring species like Ficaria verna (Lesser Celandine) where Paula and I had recorded at a time of year when it wasn’t showing.

53 new species and hybrids were added to the county list, and if you include subspecies and varieties there were 86 new for Wexford. Of these, only 6 were native:

Alchemilla glabra (Smooth Lady's-mantle)
Atriplex glabriuscula (Babington's Orache) x Atriplex prostrata (Spear-leaved Orache)
Atriplex x hulmeana (Atriplex littoralis (Grass-leaved Orache) x Atriplex prostrata (Spear-leaved Orache)
Atriplex longipes (Long-stalked Orache) x Atriplex littoralis (Grass-leaved Orache)
Rumex x knafii (Rumex conglomeratus (Clustered Dock) x Rumex maritimus (Golden Dock)
Nitella opaca (a Stonewort)