Author Archives: Brad Scott

Picture of an undescribed springtail

Undescribed springtail discovered at Tablehurst

During a routine collection of very small animals living on the farm, Forest Row Natural History Group has found a springtail which has not been formally described by science. Living among the moss Cryphaea heteromalla on a willow by the river, the identity of this 0.8mm-long creature was confirmed by Peter Shaw of the University […]

Picture of Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii)

Return to Pixton

Every year we manage to make at least one visit to Pixton Meadow in the village, not least because it is such a delightful and popular spot. As we have noted before, meadows have seriously declined over the last 70 years so it is great to see even this example of what in the past […]

Picture of Orchesella villosa

Creatures of the soil

A couple of weeks ago two of us visited Minepits wood at Tablehurst for a natural history group meeting devoted to the animals of leaf litter and the soil. Though we’ve been recording species at the farm for the past couple of years, almost all of the creatures that have been observed have been above […]

Picture of Annual Meadow-grass (Poa annua)

New Year Plant Hunt

This New Year was the sixth time the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland organised a plant hunt. Its objective is to record any (non-planted) species in flower around and just after 1 January. This has proved to be considerably interesting since it has provided a stark indication that many more plants are flowering in […]

Picture of Shore Crab (Carcinus maenas)

Rocky II

After our last rockpooling adventure, there was definitely some keenness to do it again. However, the main challenge at this time of year is finding a date; you need a good low tide (ie a spring, rather than a neap, tide) which falls within daylight hours, ideally not at dawn, and preferably at the weekend. […]

Revisiting fungi at Kidbrooke

Last year we visited Kidbrooke Park in Forest Row with the Sussex Fungus Group. It rained but that didn’t stop us finding an interesting array of species. So this year we had another visit (on 6 November); this time it didn’t rain, and a different group of fungi turned up. Our leader was Nick Aplin, […]

Picture of Plocamium cartilagineum


Of course you can’t go rockpooling in Forest Row, so we had to head to the coast to see some groups of organisms that don’t occur in the Weald. Most importantly, there was a supremely low tide a week ago, so there was the opportunity to see things that rarely get uncovered by the sea. […]