Warm sunshine greeted us upon our arrival at Durdham Down and one of the first things that we saw was a Hummingbird Hawk-moth. Before the trip, one of my friends had asked if there was any chance of seeing any of the rare whitebeams that occur in the Avon Gorge. I rather scathingly replied 'only if they've got labels on as they won't be identifiable without leaves'. So what do we find? Yep, the whitebeams had got labels on! The first one we looked at was the critically endangered Sorbus wilmottiana although all the subsequent ones were just Common Whitebeam.
While we were still trying to work out whether we were in the right spot, we came across a number of flowering Bristol Rock-cress.
|Bristol Rock-cress Arabis scabra|
|Dwarf Mouse-ear Cerastium pumilum|
|Common Scurvygrass Cochlearia officinalis|
|Spring Starflower Tristagma uniflorum|
|The shiny black slag, not looking very shiny in this photo|