At Bantham last weekend, admiring the large clumps of kidney vetch, sheep’s bit, thrift and sea campions seemingly growing out of bare rock on the cliffs.

wild carrot
wild carrot

The most exciting find was a somewhat sorry looking specimen of the Nationally Scarce balm-leaved figwort. Annoyingly, I failed to get a decent photo of the flowers but you can see the characteristic thick, soft leaf, a bit like sage. A New Flora of Devon says it was first reported in Devon in 1878 in the Kingsbridge area, with ‘an outlying population at Bantham’.

Sea beet, buck’s horn plantain and Danish scurvygrass growing on cliffs and at the top of the beach.

Above the high tide mark and on the dunes by the footpaths, there are white campions, irises, thistles, bumblebees,

and snails.


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