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19 June 2018

Serridge and Great God Meadow - Wildlife Survey

Grid Ref SO623148


We are doing wildlife surveys through the summer.We are collecting data regarding the wild plants, butterflies and moths, birds and any other species we spot! It was a slightly overcast day with some sunshine at about 20 degrees.

We were specifically looking for butterflies and moths. The few plants named on the survey were the plants which are in flower now. We split into two teams. One team followed the main track towards Speculation whilst the other team went towards Great God Meadow.

The full report of species recorded can be seen here





The team (and dogs) are coming back from the survey.


This has to be a deluxe boar wallow!

Two electric support pylons are regularly used and you can see the soft, moist wallow on the left and the muddy rubbing posts which the boar use to scrub themselves


Adder's Tongue Fern. (Ophioglossum)

This is a rarity and is probably the only place in the Forest of Dean where it has been found.

Adders-tongues are so-called because the spore-bearing stalk is thought to resemble a snake's tongue. Each plant typically sends up a small, undivided leaf blade with netted venation, and the spore stalk forks from the leaf stalk, terminating in sporangia which are partially concealed within a structure with slitted sides. The plant grows from a central, budding, fleshy structure with fleshy, radiating roots. When the leaf blade is present, there is not always a spore stalk present, and the plants do not always send up a leaf, sometimes going for a year to a period of years living only under the soil, nourished by association with soil fungi.