The Spotted Touch-me-not, properly known as Impatiens capensis is another imported species. It is related to the Himalayan Balsam but is nowhere near as invasive. It is sometimes also called Indian Touch-me-not which is a clue to its geographical origin. The name of course comes from the seed pods which explode when ripe and touched, scattering seeds over a wide area.
Like the Himalayan Balsam it likes to grow along riversides and is found along the Stort.
This photograph of a magnificent clump of fungi on an old Hornbeam was sent in by AR. Can anyone name it please? Send your answer to the contact on the website.
The warm weather this year must have been good for snakes.
This Grass Snake was seen hunting an old kitchen garden wall from which it had flushed a small Bank Vole.
SCOTS PINE Pinus sylvestris
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As its name implies this Moss has twisted leaves with silvery hair points. In addition the ‘teeth’ which helped to disperse the spores inside the capsule are also twisted. When wet the leaves effectively and curl and open out.
This Moss is often found in association with others where it forms an interesting mini ecosystem on brickwork, stone work and concrete. This ecosystem often harbours many invertebrates including spring tails, velvet mites, small wood lice and molluscs as well as Water Bears or Tardigrades. AS.
Native to Africa this bug is imported in foodstuffs and has been colonising southern England in recent years, now it has been found at SpellBrook.
It is distinguished from the common green shield bug by the row of white spots and two black dots at the front end of the thorax and is 11-15 mm in length. It feeds on tomatoes, beans, Golden Rod and Hemp Agrimony. It is found commonly on allotments.