‘2018 Botanical Walk’… our Annual Foray with Keith Spurgin, we hope to walk in 2021!

Here are the plants recorded on our ‘2018 Botanical Walk’ that you can access as a PDF and print:


Below, you can follow our story of the walk in photographs, which have been taken by Charles Francis (www.charlesfrancis.photos) – the full account with further images is in our printed newsletter which members receive once a year as part of their subscription. And if you need to know more about Keith, here is his latest work https://www.rubusology.com.

Initially we began by exploring the graveyard around the church and Keith remarked upon a large holly tree which had split a grave apart. 

We were pleased to see a Six-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae) resting on a Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis) (1142)

Leaving the churchyard, a short walk along the Coast Path brought us to the path down to the sands on the way Keith showed us the differences between Cornish/Western Fumitory (Fumaria occidentalis) which grows in “the warmest districts in Cornwall” and Purple Fumitory (Fumaria purpurea) which is endemic to the UK.

Before reaching the sands, we came across a patch of Ivy Broomrape (Orobanche hederae)and nearby we were amused to find groups of unidentified snails clustered high on plant stems.

Once on the sands we looked forward to the unusual sighting in a cave which Keith had promised from the outset. However, before that could happen he wanted to show us the calcareous concretions which had built up on the cliff face caused by shell debris wind-driven up from the beach to create an alkaline surface instead of the normal Cornish acidic ground, hence allowing different plants to grow.

You now need to turn to our newsletter to see the cave that Keith had promised we’d find at the end of our walk!