Canvey Wick and Beyond - A Bounty of Botany

A field trip August 2008

Travellers Joy or alternative name Old man’s beard

This wild clematis is a beautiful plant with masses of creamy-white flowers followed by the much more prominent feathery seed heads, which have given it one of its many other names: old man’s beard. These last through much of the winter, festooning otherwise bare wayside hedges. Perhaps this is why the plant is also known as traveller’s joy.

Holly Blue Butterflies

The Holly Blue Butterfly is fairly common in England and Wales. It is a woodland and garden species. There are two generations a year. The first caterpillars hatch from eggs laid on Holly in the Spring. They feed on the Holly flower buds. Changing into butterflies in the late summer. These butterflies lay their eggs on Ivy where the second generation of caterpillars feed on the Ivy flower buds before making a cocoon for the winter.

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  • Your photos are very good Emma I`ve enjoyed looking at them. Looking forward to your next project.

    By Teresa Penney (25/08/2008)
  • Here’s an ironic coincidence!
    I’ve just read that in the early 19th century this stretch of the Thames between Hole Haven and the Kent coast was nicknamed by river-users ‘BOTANY’, not for it’s profusion of flora but because of the several PRISON-HULKS stationed there holding convicts en route for the penal settlement in Australia.

    By Graham Stevens (01/01/2009)

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