Common Blue - Blackfriars Meadow. 28th July 2013


Gatekeeper on Beetroot Leaf (Photo taken 28th July 2013)


A Jay in Blackfriars Orchard - Spring 2012

Meadow and Raised Garden Beds July 2011


A Flora of Shrewsbury

"A Flora of Shrewsbury" is a report just produced by the University of Birmingham and the Shropshire Botanical Society. It lists all the vascular plants growing within the river loop, the most botanically diverse part of Shropshire, with semi-natural places occurring adjacent to the artificial habitats and disturbance associated with human activity.

According to the report, Blackfriars Meadow contains an interesting and rare (for Shrewsbury) assemblage of grasses with Cowslip Primula veris and Lady’s Smock Cardamine pratensis.

Other species found in the meadow include:

Meadow Buttercup Ranunculus acris
Creeping Buttercup Ranunculus repens
Common Bird’s-foot-trefoil Lotus corniculatus
Hairy Tare Vicia hirsuta
Lesser Trefoil Trifolium dubium
Creeping Cinquefoil Potentilla reptans
White Bryony Bryonia dioica
Imperforate St John’s-wort Hypericum maculatum
Enchanter’s-nightshade Circaea lutetiana
Common Sorrel Rumex acetosa
Hedge Bedstraw Galium album
Germander Speedwell Veronica chamaedrys
Cat’s-ear Hypochaeris radicata
Smooth Hawk’s-beard Crepis capillaris
Fox-and-cubs Pilosella aurantiaca
Oxeye Daisy Leucanthemum vulgare
Field Wood-rush Luzula campestris
Spiked Sedge Carex spicata
Hairy Sedge Carex hirta
Meadow Fescue Schedonorus pratensis
Crested Dog’s-tail Cynosurus cristatus
Soft-brome Bromus hordeaceus

The report is unpublished but is freely available at www.bsbi.org.uk if you’d like to find out more about the the flora of Shrewsbury in general and our meadow in particular!


Birds spotted/heard in the vicinity of Blackfriars


BIRDS OF THE RIVER

Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Cormorant
Grey Heron
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Barnacle Goose
Mallard
Tufted Duck
Goosander
Moorhen
Coot
Blackheaded Gull
Herring Gull
Kingfisher
Greylag Goose

BIRDS OF BLACKFRIARS MEADOW
Sparrowhawk
Buzzard
Kestrel
Pheasant
Stock Dove
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Cuckoo (heard)
Greater Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Fieldfare
Redwing
Jay
Magpie
Rook
Carrion Crow
Starling
Jackdaw
Lesser Black-Backed Gulls
Whitethroat



BIRDS FLYING OVERHEAD
Peregrine Falcon
Swallow
House Martin
Raven
Swift

GARDEN BIRDS/CAR PARK/FEEDERS
Grey Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
Wren
Dunnock
Robin
Black Redstart (female)
Blackbird
Song Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Goldcrest
Spotted Flycatcher
Marsh Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Long-Tailed Tit
Nuthatch
Treecreeper
House Sparrow
Chaffinch
Brambling
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Bullfinch

Residents are welcome to take photographs and make written observations of the natural world of and around the Meadow. They can be posted on the Forum. Simon Curran (Flat 33) is happy to help should there be any difficulty in uploading pictures.


Felling of the Lombardy Poplar in Spring 2011