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Fri 27th June 2008 11:18 by Tony Walentowicz
Galleywood Common plants
Galleywood Common Visited Pond (P3), TL704025 on 26 June 2008. Collected a sedge that I was not familiar with which turned out to be Wood club-rush Scirpus sylavatica. Has been recorded at Galleywood Common before (Jermyn) but was not recorded in 1982 (Essex WT) or in 1995 (Essex Field club). Quite a lot of it growing around the pond margins.
Wed 25th June 2008 21:06 by Peter Harvey
Your post reminded (and surprised) me that the Common Toad is now a priority UKBAP species, added in the latest review link. I would be interested to find out if there is the intention to have a Species Action Plan for this species. Any herp specialist out there that can provide an answer?
Wed 25th June 2008 16:21 by Mel Jackson Bridge
Common Toad (Bufo Bufo)
Note that this is a UKBAP species and was pleased to discover one today in our garden.  Garden is small (approx 20ft x 20ft) but has a variety of habitats.  Today's sighting was late morning and the toad was beside the pond, hopped in when I inadvertantly scared it, and stayed there for about 15 mins.  Was still there when I moved off.

The pond has a healthy frog population although no spawn seen.



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