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Anglesey is a very large Island off the NW coast of Wales and is often crossed but seldom visited by those travelling to Ireland via Holyhead. Until 1826 it was unconnected to the Mainland and the Irish MPs had a rough journey overland and on ferries over the treacherous Menai Straits en route to Westminster!

It is easier to get here now, by road and rail, using our glorious bridges and to explore the wonderfully varied coastline, unique fens, sandy beaches and delightful small towns.

The Island is building a reputation for locally sourced food and used to be called 'The Mother of Wales/ Mam Cymru' as it produced quantities of cereals and wine in Roman times.

Spotted Rockrose is the county flower.

Visit Anglesey is the place to start if you want to find out more. There is a Walking Festival every June.

 

 

Field meetings

Thursday July 10th 10.00, SH442655.....roads and footpaths to SH4367, 4467. Monad bashing, SH4566 with only 31 recorded taxa, SH4467 with only 4!

Saturday July 26th, 11.00, SH60448191, Fedw Fawr common and down the cliff/quarry to the Equisetum telmateia stand. Fragrant and butterfly orchids and masses more.

Thursday, August 7th, 10.00, SH431643,  Abermenai point and the restoration works on Newborough warren, salt marsh and blown sand, with  littoral Couch grasses around Traeth Mellinog.

Thursday, August 21st, 10.00 SH30319144, Ynys y Fydlin, and the monads 3291 3191, using roads and footpaths.

Date to be confirmed, but in Sept when the tide is right and the lavender, asters and samphire in bloom ;   The Malltraeth salt marsh, from the Cob to the embryo dunes, taking in 2 monads with 0 recorded taxa.

 

Anglesey Flora Group

The group has been busy for many years. Its aims are to explore the Island and record the flora in each monad, contributing towards a revised Anglesey Flora and the next Atlas of the British Flora (2020). We will also make special note of any rare and scarce taxa, to update the Rare Plant Register. Group members are encouraged to share knowledge with one-another and attract more active botanists into the field and to join the Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI).

We organise an annual programme of field visits and the one for the current year is available from Barry Wrightson.

>> Report on 2012


Welsh Botanology

Hugh Davies "Welsh Botanology", the first flora of Anglesey, and the first of any Welsh County, can be downloaded from Google Books.

It is a fascinating read, although be warned, as an Anglesey born and educated Welsh speaker, his Welsh is a bit old fashioned, even for 1813, and his Latin is mediaeval, rather than classical, but both are readable.

As someone who has identified Hypericum Androeseum on Llandwyn Island by the scent of the leaves, I particularly liked his disambiguation of "Dail Twrch". Yes, Hugh Davies bach, they really do smell of boars piss!

Half of the book is in English, so non-Welsh speakers should not be put off. His sections on liverworts,  mosses and fungi are equally thorough, and the comments (in the Welsh section) on the treatments of common ailments make this a Herbal as well.