A survey of the plant ( + bee & spider) life in Perivale West Meadows.

The Greenford to Gurnell Greenway is a project to transform underused and disconnected green space along the river Brent in West London connecting Greenford town centre to Gurnell Leisure centre. It is one of six initiatives to improve green spaces as part of the London National Park City project.

Part of the greenway includes the green spaces shown below, including what are labelled Fields 1 & 2 (probably Perivale West Meadows) and separated from Perivale Park by a railway line.

I mentioned this project to a friend who volunteers at the Barnes Wetland Centre, and he in turn suggested a friend of his, Richard Bullock, who delights in surveying meadows for their botanical diversity. So it was on Sunday September 30th, 2018 that five of us (Richard, Dave and Maria Widdowson, Zé and myself) ventured into the Perivale meadows to inspect the plant (and bee and spider; can you spot them?)  life. We spent about three hours there before ending at St Mary’s church graveyard in search of a rare Rustyback fern, last reported in 1991 as part of a nature conservation survey conducted by the London Ecology unit.

The list that follows comprises 95 identified species (and one or two that are being checked!)

The following is a list of the above, with DSC numbers if you want to contact us for the RAW files from the camera.

Alder-Alnus-glutinosa-DSC_0627.jpg
Apple-Malus-domestica-DSC_0677.jpg
Ash-Fraxinus-excelsior-DSC_0622.jpg
Autumn-Hawkbit-Leontodon-autumnalis-DSC_0578.jpg
Autumn-Hawkbit-Leontodon-autumnalis-DSC_0579.jpg
Bird's-foot-Trefoil-Lotus-corniculata-DSC_0573.jpg
Bittersweet-Solanum-dulcamara-DSC_0663.jpg
Black-Horehound-Ballota-nigra-DSC_0655.jpg
Black-Poplar-hybrid-Populus-nigra-x-DSC_0624.jpg
Blackthorn-Prunus-spinosa-DSC_0589.jpg
Blackthorn-Prunus-spinosa-DSC_0644.jpg
Bramble-Rubus-fruticosus-DSC_0594.jpg
Broadleaf-Dock-Rumex-obtusifolius-DSC_0628.jpg
Bulbous-Buttercup-Ranunculus-bulbosus-DSC_0575.jpg
Cat's-Ear-Hypochoeris-radicata-DSC_0572.jpg
Cherry-Plum-Prunus-cerasifera-DSC_0623.jpg
Cock's-foot-Dactylis-glomerata-DSC_0577.jpg
Cock's-foot-Dactylis-glomerata-DSC_0592.jpg
Common-Carder-Bee-Bombus-pascuorum-DSC_0668.jpg
Common-Couch-Elytrigia-repens-DSC_0590.jpg
Common-Dandelion-Taraxacum-officinalis-DSC_0583.jpg
Common-Dandelion-Taraxacum-officinalis-DSC_0636.jpg
Common-Elder-Sambucus-nigra-DSC_0629.jpg
Common-Mallow-Malva-sylvestris-DSC_0676.jpg
Common-Ragwort-Senecio-jacobaea-DSC_0585.jpg
Common-Sorrel-DSC_0609.jpg
Cow-Parsley-Anthriscus-sylvestris-DSC_0593.jpg
Cow-Parsley-Anthriscus-sylvestris-DSC_0642.jpg
Crack-Willow-Salix-fragilis-DSC_0652.jpg
Creeping-Thistle-Cirsium-arvense-DSC_0604.jpg
Curled-Dock-Rumex-crispus-DSC_0598.jpg
Dog-Rose-Rosa-canina-DSC_0635.jpg
Dove's-Foot-Crane's-bill-Geranium-molle-DSC_0569.jpg
English-Elm-Ulmus-procera-DSC_0630.jpg
English-Oak-Quercus-robur-DSC_0639.jpg
Fairy-Ring-Champignon-Marasmius-oreades-DSC_0580.jpg
False-Acacia-Robinia-pseudacacia-DSC_0682.jpg
False-Acacia-Robinia-pseudacacia-DSC_0683.jpg
False-oatgrass-Arrhenatherum-elatius-DSC_0588.jpg
Fat-Hen-Chenopodium-album-DSC_0675.jpg
Field-Maple-Acer-campestre-DSC_0641.jpg
Garden-Spider-Araneus-diadematus-DSC_0657.jpg
Garlic-Mustard-Alliaria-petiolata-DSC_0607.jpg
Giant-Hogweed-Heracleum-Mantegazzianum-DSC_0679.jpg
Goosegrass-Galium-aparine-DSC_0633.jpg
Groundsel-Senecio-vulgaris-DSC_0658.jpg
Hairy-Bittercress-Cardamine-hirsuta-DSC_0606.jpg
Hart's-Tongue-Phyllitis-scolopendrium--DSC_0665.jpg
Hawthorn-Cretaegus-monogyna-DSC_0591.jpg
Hedge-Bindweed-Calystegia-sepium-DSC_0664.jpg
Herb-Robert-Geranium-robertianum--DSC_0647.jpg
Himalayan-Balsam-Impatiens-glandulifera-DSC_0659.jpg
Horse-Chestnut-Aesculus-hippocastanum-DSC_0626.jpg
Horseradish-Armoracia-rusticana-DSC_0678.jpg
Ivy-Hedera-helix-DSC_0643.jpg
Knotgrass-Polygonum-aviculare-DSC_0637.jpg
Lady's-Bedstraw-Galium-verum--DSC_0566.jpg
Lady's-Bedstraw-Galium-verum--DSC_0576.jpg
Lesser-Burdock-Arctium-minus-DSC_0653.jpg
Lesser-Stitchwort-Stellaria-graminea-DSC_0610.jpg
Male-Fren-Dryopteris-felix-mas-DSC_0667.jpg
Meadow-Buttercup-Ranunculus-acris-DSC_0613.jpg
Meadow-Buttercup-Ranunculus-acris-DSC_0614.jpg
Meadow-Vetchling-Lathyrus-pratensis-DSC_0618.jpg
Norway-Maple-Acer-platanoides-DSC_0648.jpg
Ox-eye-Daisy-Leucanthemum-vulgare-DSC_0581.jpg
Pendulous-Sedge-Carex-pendula-DSC_0640.jpg
Red-Fescue-Festuca-rubra-DSC_0582.jpg
Red-Fescue-Festuca-rubra-DSC_0600.jpg
Red-Fescue-Festuca-rubra-DSC_0601.jpg
Ribwort-Plantain-Plantago-lanceolata-DSC_0570.jpg
Ribwort-Plantain-Plantago-lanceolata-DSC_0571.jpg
Rosebay-Willowherb-Chamerion-augustifolium-DSC_0608.jpg
Rustyback-Asplenium-ceterach-DSC_0686.jpg
Rustyback-Asplenium-ceterach-DSC_0688.jpg
Rustyback-Asplenium-ceterach-DSC_0689.jpg
Sheep's-Sorrel-Rumex-acetosella-DSC_0586.jpg
Smooth-Tare-Vicia-tetrasperama-DSC_0584.jpg
Soft-Rush-Juncus-effusus-DSC_0621.jpg
Spear-Thistle-Cirsium-vulgare-DSC_0638.jpg
Stinging-Nettle-Urtica-dioica-DSC_0605.jpg
Sun-Spurge-Euphorbia-helioscopia-DSC_0673.jpg
Sycamore-Acer-pseudoplatanus-DSC_0651.jpg
Tall-Fescue-Festuca-arundinacea-DSC_0587.jpg
Tall-Fescue-Festuca-arundinacea-DSC_0603.jpg
Timothy-Phleum-pratense-DSC_0599.jpg
White-Clover-Trifolium-repens-DSC_0611.jpg
White-Deadnettle-Lamium-album-DSC_0631.jpg
Wild-Cherry-Prunus-avium-DSC_0662.jpg
Wood-Avens-Geum-urbanum--DSC_0645.jpg
Wood-Dock-Rumex-sanguineus-DSC_0595.jpg
Wood-False-Brome-Brachypodium-sylvaticum-DSC_0646.jpg
Yarrow-Achillea-millefolium-DSC_0567.jpg
Yarrow-Achillea-millefolium-DSC_0615.jpg
Yorkshire-fog-Holcus-lanatus-DSC_0612.jpg

The breakdown into the individual areas is indicated below.

Field 1 was certainly more diverse than Field 2. I understand that this latter field might be converted into a wetlands; it is to be hoped that Field 1 at least might be preserved as a diverse meadow!

Finally, the Rustyback fern found on a tomb in the graveyard of St Mary’s church. This one got Richard quite excited!

Please send us comments on any of the species above that you might have an interesting fact or story to tell us.

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