Missing flowers spring up in Wexford after 15 years

Published 16/01/2016 | 00:00

Paul Green, from BSBI.
Paul Green, from BSBI.
Wild Basil.
Bird Nest Orchid.

2015 proved to be a good year for wildflowers in Wexford as 22 species that had not been reported in the county for 15 years were rediscovered.

Barberry, Wild Basil and Bird's Nest Orchid were just some of the species rediscovered in Wexford last year. The discoveries meant that these flowers could be taken off the list of 199 species not reported since 2000.

In addition to the rediscovery, 52 new species were added to the county list including 10 native, 35 garden escapes and seven rare casuals.

Last year, over 78,000 entries were made into the Botanical Society for Britain and Ireland's records for Wexford, a 22,000 increase on their best year. 'Hopefully 2016 will see an increase in recording in the county, especially in the northern half which is lagging behind,' said Paul Green, BSBI Vice-County Recorder for Waterford and Wexford. 'There are still many tetrads with no records or less than 50 species recorded.'

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