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Viewing website implies consent to set cookies on your computer. Full details Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group
Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 182
 Date Entered 08/05/2011
 Updated on 08/05/2011
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Flower / Plant Record
 Record Type Botanical HER
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 02/05/2011
 Location Fell End
 Civil Parish Marrick
 Brit. National Grid Hidden
 Altitude 460m
 Geology Lead mining ground
 Record Name Spring sandwort. Minuartia verna on lead mining ground.
 Record Description Although abundant on lead mine spoil heaps and in short grassland over carboniferous limestone of the Pennines,Spring sandwort is scarce nationally and is listed as a scarce plant in Britain ( Stewart,A. Pearmain, D.a. and Preston, C.D. 1994.'Scarce Plants in Britain'. BSBI,JNCC.) Spring sandwort is regarded as a metalophyte ie it is tolerant of high levels of heavy metal, being one of the only plants to colonise areas heavily contaminated with lead and zinc. In the Pennines, Spring sandwort may be found with the rare Alpine Pennycress and with the tiny Moonwort Fern. Modern digital photography makes the photographing of these very small plants easy and it is recommended that the zoom is used to view the flowers at close hand.
 Image 1 ID 631         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Spring sandwort, Minuatia verna, on lead mining ground at Fell End. Photographed by Eileen Laurie.
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