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REMINDER: Wildflower Walk, 21 July

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Roy Vickery will be leading a Wildflower Walk on Tooting Common, London Borough of Wandsworth, on Friday 21 July 2017; meet at the junction of Emmanuel, Fernlea and Cavendish Roads (c. 10 minutes walk from Balham stations), at 7.00 p.m.  The event will finish at about 8.30.  Voluntary collection in aid of local Green Party funds.  All welcome!

Report:  Four people (and one dog) turned up and  spent about 75 minutes discussing plants in Bedford Field on Tooting Common.  We sucked nectar from the flowers of white clover (Trifolium repens), and examined a number of galls on pedunculate oak (Quercus robur).  These included knopper gall, which develops on acorns, and is caused by the gall wasp Andricus quercuscalicis.  This gall was first found in the British Isles in the 1960s, and is now widespread throughout England, Wales and most of Scotland.  In some parts of Europe it was valued for the production of dyes, including one for dyeing hair black.

£14.30 was contributed towards local Green Party funds.

Image:  knopper gall, Tooting Common,  21 July 2017.

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