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Flora of Blackhall Rocks Nature Reserve

Sunday 26 June, 11am-3pm   

The sea cliffs of the Durham Coast are unique in the British Isles, being the only place in the country where Magnesian Limestone outcrops on the coast. They support a diverse assemblage of calcareous, neutral and maritime grassland communities and unusual flush and fen vegetation of national and international importance. We should see Bird’s-eye Primrose Primula farinosa, Blunt-flowered Rush Juncus subnodulosus, Round-leaved Wintergreen Pyrola rotundifolia, Sea Spleenwort Asplenium marinum and Brookweed Samolus valerandi. This botanical tour will involve reaching some awkward spots to find some of the rare plants (these scrambles will be optional).

Meet at Blackhall Rocks car park (OS grid ref NZ 473388 or nearest postcode TS27 4AT) (approx. 5 miles north of Hartlepool).

Leader: Dr Dave Mitchell is well-known to the Society; he works for Natural England and provides advice on plant and vegetation ecology, and on protected sites, throughout the North East.

Accompanied children 12+ welcome