Botany walk: 13th June 2015

Despite a gloomy weather forecast on Saturday 13th June, a few of us went round Castle Meadows with Sheelagh Kerry. Plants found were:


  • Red Fescue
  • Perennial Rye-grass
  • Sweet Vernal Grass
  • Cock’s-foot
  • Yorkshire Fog
  • Crested Dog’s-tail
  • Meadow Brome
  • Rough Meadow-grass
  • Meadow Foxtail
  • Marsh Foxtail
  • Reed Canary Grass

Other plants:

  • 3 types of buttercup: Meadow, Bulbous, Creeping
  • Red Clover
  • White Clover
  • Bird’s foot trefoil
  • Sorrel
  • Mugwort
  • Yarrow
  • Plantain
  • Mouse-eared Chickweed
  • Creeping thistle
  • Sow thistle
  • Welted thistle
  • Dame`s Violet
  • Knapweed
  • Selfheal
  • Dandelion
  • Garlic Mustard
  • Southern Marsh Orchid (first time this has been recorded here?)
  • Yellow Rattle
  • Pineappleweed
  • Teasel
  • Weld (or mignonette)
  • Spiny Ox-tongue
  • Scentless Mayweed
  • Broadleaved Willowherb
  • Soft Rush
  • Silverweed
  • Cow Parsley
  • Horsetail

We also found Ragwort , 2 Giant Hogweed, a huge amount of Himalayan Balsam and some unopened bottles of beer. A mysterious large crucifer yellow flowers beside the newly surfaced path to the bridge may be Hoary Mustard: a non-native plant from southern Europe. We’ll go back and have another look!



July walks programme

We hope you’ve enjoyed the various June walks looking at the wildlife of the Meadows. We’re pleased to announce that two more will take place in July. All walks  last 2-3 hours, depending on weather conditions; dogs on lead only, please.

Saturday 18th July 11am Butterflies of Castle Meadows, leader Jeff Davies

Saturday 25th July 9.30am  Dragonflies of Castle Meadows, leader Steve Butler

No need to book for these walks: meet at the Byfield Lane entrance to Meadows, at the bottom right corner of the car park.

The meadows are a disability friendly area. Scooters are available from Abergavenny Mobility in Castle Street car park. Please book in advance on 0800 2983656, or email