Frampton Natural History Pages
These plants are mostly plentiful throughout the Frampton area depending on the time of year There are, of course, many more species and the selection will continue to grow with time. They have all been photographed in the wild by DS over a number of years with a variety of cameras, none expensive. They are in no particular order but usually when I photographed them except for better replacement shots
I use Roger Phillips' Wild Flowers of Britain & Garrad & Streeter's Wild Flowers of the British Isles as references with assistance from Harry Grenville
These species often have particular preferences
any ideas on what this is, seen briefly in Frampton Park, then flood clearance destroyed it
When the pavement was constructed through the village, in 2003, there was a strip of ground between the two fences on the water meadow side where they built up the levels with soil from the field on the south side of the river.
Harry Grenville patrolled it and produced a list of all the plants that grew there in the first year. As you can see from these photographs I took at the time, there was a colourful variety of plants
Horsetails have long been one of my favourite plants. I have 300 million year old fossils of these from the Somerset coalfields
Plants in or close to water
The background photo is from a pony paddock at Frampton House May 2008
Nostoc (a blue-green algae): found on Peacock Bridge & Sheridan Close. It shrivels and dries out in hot, dry weather but restores itself when it rains
Field Bindweed much smaller and often pink
A large untidy plant easily overlooked.. I know of three plants in Frampton but there are masses of them in Yellowham woods off the dual carriageway
These were growing on Peacock Bridge and further up the track but the road widening and pavement operations wiped them out. The bridge was cleared of 'weeds' and the lorries removing soil from the field to build up the road edge went through the fence at exactly the 'wrong' spot.
They are supposed to be common but I have found only one more plant in the Frampton area (so far!).
I went to photograph a stand of Welted Thistles late one afternoon. As I did so mayflies started to land on them which gave me two 'prizes' for the price of one. A very satisfactory outcome especially as mayflies are not usually the easiest of species to photograph.
again few and far between, one at Frampton, one at Stratton and one above Buckland Newton