Saturday 8th August 2015: Dungeon Bay – Leader, Leader Stephen Fletcher. The group of eleven met in Hale Park, opposite the Village Post Office. From there Stephen led us past the ”Childe of Hale” pub, along Church End to Within Way. We followed Within Way to the estuary and then took the Mersey Way footpath towards Hale Head lighthouse. There we scrambled down on to the beach and followed the strandline to Lady Pool. Ascending to the footpath, we crossed the bridge and turned on to the footpath alongside Lady Pool which took us through the stubble-fields to the Old Plantation Wood. Turning right in the woodland we followed the path past the former Hale Hall and arrived back at the park.
A range of habitat-related species were recorded; grassland, coastal, saltmarsh zones and woodland.
Marsh Mallow Althaea officianalis, Common reedPhragmites australis, Sea Club-rush Scirpus maritimus Sea Beet Beta vulgaris ssp. maritima were among the typical saltmarsh species recorded above the high-water mark.
The list of over 100 recorded species was compiled from our route through 5 monads: (47/82, 47/81, 48/81, 46/81 and 46/82).