Hurst Meadows ©John Inglis
Dropwort on Hurst Meadows ©John Inglis Hover Fly on Ragwort at Hurst Meadows © Mick Rock Hare's-foot Clover on Hurst Meadows ©John Inglis Hedge Brown on Hurst Meadows  © Mick Rock Wasp Spider on Hurst Meadows ©Jovita Kaunang Birdsfoot Trefoil on Hurst Meadows ©John Inglis Small Copper Butterfly © Mick Rock

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Hurst Meadows Surveys



Hurst Meadows – Botanical Considerations

Brief survey from Surrey Botanical Society:

Hurst Meadows is an area of Thames-side grassland underlying which is a mixture of thin, acid, gravelly soils and deeper more calcareous soils. The whole area, including the towpath, has long been known for its botanical riches.

Although part of this area has in the past been subject to some disturbance, other areas appear unscathed and there is now an interesting flora present over much of the site. Its continuing development is aided by a sympathetic management regime. A fairly brief survey carried out on 22nd July 2011 found over 90 native species , a wide variety for such a relatively small site. Meadow Crane’s-bill (Geranium pratense), Dropwort (Filipendula vulgaris), Burnet Saxifrage (Pimpinella saxifraga) and Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba minor) were noted, all characteristic of the calcareous Thames-side grasslands. Other noteworthy plants seen included Hoary Cinquefoil (Potentilla argentea), Hare’s-foot Clover (Trifolium arvense) and Knotted Clover (Trifolium striatum), all characteristic of thin acid soils.

List of species on the riverbank, Tagg's Island to Garrick's Ait, August 2015.

Extract from RSPB observations for Hurst Park

UPDATE (2016)

275 species of flora have so far been recorded.
14 of them are included in the Surrey Rare Plant register, some because they are nationally scarce.

Surrey Botanical Society



Brief report on Bat species at Hurst Meadows

After a number of bat suveys in Hurst meadows and along the riverside. It is confirmed that we have at least 8 species of bat using the area: This is an unusually high number. It seems likely that many are roosting in Bushy Park SSSI and foraging in Hurst Park and Meadows, particularly along the riverside.The Riverside margin along the north part of Hurst Meadows is in the Bushy Park SSSI Buffer Zone.

Species recorded so far:

Common pipistrelle
Soprano pipistrelle
Nathusius' pipistrelle
Daubenton's bat
Natterer's bat
Noctule
Serotine
Leisler's bat
Brown long-eared bat

www.bats,org.uk/pages/uk_bats.html

 


An insect survey of Hurst Meadows

An entomological survey was carried out on 5 August 2011

In brief, 74 insect species were found, including four notable species and one species of leaf-hopper which was first found in Britain only last year. Naturalists report that butterflies, flies, bees, wasps, grasshoppers, and bugs are all well-represented in the Meadows, and they were able to identify the following:

Adonis Ladybird
Bishop's Mitre
Brown Argus
Bumblebee
Caddis-fly
Cloaked Minor
Common Blue
Common Carpet
Common Earwig
Common Green Grasshopper
Damsel bug
Field Grasshopper
Frog-hopper
Gatekeeper
Gracillariid moth (7 species)
Green Shieldbug
Harlequin Ladybird
Hoverfly (8 species)
Ladybird (16 spot)
Ladybird (7-spot)
Leaf beetle
Lleaf-hopper (3 species)
Mason wasp or potter wasp
Mayfly
Meadow Brown
Meadow Grasshopper
Micro-moth
Nepticulid moth (2 species)
Orb-weaver spider
Parasitic fly (2 species)
Parent Bug
Picture-winged fly (3 species)
Plantbug/grassbug (4 species)
Pyralid moth (5 species)
Rhopalid bug (2 species)
Robberfly
Roesel's Bush-cricket
Sawfly
Silver Y
Soldier beetle
Solitary bee
Speckled Bush-cricket
Ttortrix moth (3 species)
Yponomeutid moth

Survey findings submitted by Jovita Kaunang, Field Naturalist

23 species of butterfly have now been confirmed

Brimstone
Brown Argus
Comma
Common Blue
Essex Skipper
Gatekeeper
Green veined White
Holly Blue
Large Skipper
Large White
Meadow Brown
Orange Tip
Painted Lady
Peacock
Purple Hairstreak
Red Admiral
Ringlet
Small Copper
Small Heath
Small Skipper
Small Tortoiseshell
Small White
Speckled Wood


Birds which have been recorded include:

Black Headed Gull
Black Redstart
Blackbird
Blue Tit
Carion Crow
Chaffinch
Coal Tit
Collared Dove
Common Tern
Goldcrest
Goldfinch
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit
Greenfinch
Grey Wagtail
Hobby
House Martin
House Sparrow
Jackdaw
Long-tailed Tit
Magpie
Nuthatch
Pied Wagtail
Redstart
Redstart
Ring-Necked Parakeet
Rook
Siskin
Song Thrush
Sparrowhawk
Swallow
Swift
Tawney Owl
Tree Sparrow
Treecreeper
WoodPigeon
Wren

Water birds:

Canada Goose
Coot
Cormorant
Egyptian Goose
Great Crested Grebe
Grey Heron
Kingfisher
Little Grebe
Mallard
Mandarin Duck
Moorhen
Mute Swan
Pochard
Red Crested Pochard
Teal
Tufted Duck



 

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