Fritillary 9

Fritillary

Fritillary 9

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A pressed specimen of Fritillaria meleagris from the Oxford University Herbaria

Fritillary 9 is the sixth on-line volume of Fritillary. From this page you can download the articles in Fritillary 9 in PDF format .

Fritillary 9 is not yet completed. You may read and download papers from here should you wish. Eventually hard copies of the completed journal will be available.

Contents

  1. Surveys of Pyramidal and other orchids on roadside verges around Hinksey Hill Interchange, Oxford, 2012 – 2020
    M. Bloom
    published online November 2020
    Summary...
    Michael Bloom, a member of the Abingdon Naturalists Society, presents a thorough and detailed report on the orchid displays around the Hinksey Hill Interchange which have given pleasure to bus passengers travelling to and from Oxford and to passing motorists.
  2. Seventy eight insect species reared from fungi in an ancient, semi-natural beech woodland in the Chilterns
    R. Fortey and P. J. Chandler
    published online February 2021
    Summary...
    Seventy eight species of non-coleopteran fungivorous insects were raised from fungi collected from an ancient, semi-natural beech wood in the southern Chiltern Hills near Henley. This allows matching the host fungus with the insect species that develop from them. Although many fungivorous insects are polyphagous, others are not, and we have identified food sources for a number of flies that have been known for many years as adults without determining the fungi from which they develop. These include: Exechiopsis leptura, raised from Botryobasidium aureum; Mycetophila autumnalis raised from the bracket Postia; M. lamellata from Ceriporiopsis; M. unipunctata from the resupinate Physisporinus; Tarnania nemoralis from Clitocybe, and Lasiomma seminitidum from rotting Meripilus giganteus. M. unipunctata had been known for more than 200 years without a host being identified. A brief discussion is given of conservation issues around fungivorous insects, in recognition of their importance in the woodland ecosystem.
  3. Is the population of ancient trees at Burnham Beeches sustainable?
    H. J. Read and V. Bengtsson
    published online May 2021
    Summary...
    Burnham Beeches is designated as a nature reserve of European importance because of the ancient pollarded trees and their associated saproxylic species. Historical and recent surveys of the numbers of pollards have been used to calculate mortality rates and produce maps to indicate changes in live tree density over time. While the rate of loss has declined in recent years, likely due to intensive work on the trees, it is evident that fragmentation of the population is occurring as well as an overall decline in numbers. The consequences of this are discussed and some suggestions made for how to mitigate for the tree loss. The area of Burnham Beeches supporting the ancient pollards is relatively small. It would be beneficial to improve the management of adjacent areas in different ownership in order to buffer the nature reserve and provide suitable habitat for saproxylic species in the long term, given that saproxylic beetles in particular are, according to Cálix et al. (2018), the most threatened species group in Europe.
  4. Four millipede species (Diplopoda) new to the fauna of Oxfordshire
    S. Gregory
    published online September 2021
    Summary...
    The millipedes of Oxfordshire are well documented with 37 species recorded up to the late-1990s, but subsequent recording has been very sparse. Since 2013 four species of millipede have been discovered new to the county: Anamastigona pulchella (Silvestri), Melogona gallica (Latzel), Ophyiulus germanicus (Verhoeff), and Leptoiulus belgicus (Latzel). An account of the discovery of each species in the county, a guide to their identification and their current status in Britain is outlined. Melogona gallica is probably a long over-looked native millipede that is genuinely scarce in the county. The other three are likely to be recent introductions into the county and are expected to become more abundant, especially in light of predicted climate change. Additional millipede species may await discovery Oxfordshire, but the options are limited.