69 plants recorded, Marine Parade green wall, Brighton


Plant list by Ben Kimpton MSc BSc Dip(Hort) MCIEEM of Ecology Consultancy (many thanks), with negligible help from me! If you have any other records, esp inverts, get in touch! Most interesting finds were hoary stock and a poss nationally rare sea fern grass Catapodium marinum.

Acer pseudoplatanus Sycamore R y
Achillea millefolium Yarrow R
Anisantha sterilis Barren brome R b
Anthriscus sylvestris Cow parsley O b
Arctium minus Lesser burdock R b
Asplenium adiantum-nigrum Black spleenwort LF w
Avena sativa Common oat R b
Bellis perennis Daisy R b
Berberis sp. Barberry R b
Capsella bursa-pastoris Shepherd’s purse O
Carex pendula Pendulous sedge R b
Catapodium marinum Sea fern grass R NR, ?
Catapodium rigidum Hard fern grass O
Centranthus ruber Red valerian F
Cerastium fontanum Common mouse-ear O b
Chenopodium album Fat-hen R b
Cirsium arvense Creeping thistle R b
Cirsium vulgare Spear thistle O
Convolvulus arvensis Field bindweed R b
Conyza canadensis Canadian fleabane R ?
Coronopus squamatus Greater swinecress R b
Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora Monbretia R b
Cymbalaria muralis Ivy-leaved toadflax F
Cyrtomium falcatum House Holly Fern R w, ?
Dactylis glomerata Cock’s-foot R o
Digitalis purpurea Foxglove R
Epilobium ciliatum American willowherb R b
Epilobium hirsutum Great willowherb R b
Erigeron glaucus Seaside daisy LF
Erysimum cheiri Wallflower LA
Euonymus japonicus Japanese spindle D
Ficus carica Fig R b
Galium aparine Cleavers O
Geum urbanum Wood avens R b
Hedera helix Englsh ivy LA
Hemerocallis fulva Orange day-lily R b
Hordeum murinum Wall barley O b
Hyacinthoides hispanica Spanish bluebell R b
Lolium perenne Perennial ryegrass R
Malva sylvestris Common mallow R b
Malva x clementii Garden tree mallow R ?
Matthiola incana Hoary stock O NR
Narcissus pseudonarcissus Daffodil R b
Parietaria judiaca Pellitory-of-the-wall A
Pentagottis sempervirens Blue alkanet R bPhyllitis scolopendrium Hart’s-tongue fern LF w
Picris echioides Bristly ox-tongue O b
Plantago coronopus Stag’s-horn plantain O b
Plantago major Greater plantain R b
Poa annua Annual meadow grass F
Polypodium vulgare Common polypody LF w
Rumex obtusifolius Broad-leaved dock O b
Sagina procumbens Procumbent pearlwort R
Sambucus nigra Elder R b, s
Sedum acre Biting stonecrop LA
Sedum album English stonecrop O
Senecio cineraria Silver ragwort F
Senecio vulgaris Groundsel F
Sisybrium orientale Oriental rocket O b, ?
Smyrmium olusatrum Alexanders O b
Sonchus asper Prickly sow-thistle R b
Sonchus oleraceus Smooth sow-thistle R s
Spergularia rubra Sand spurrey O
Stellaria media Common chickweed O b
Taraxacum officinale agg. Dandelion R b
Triticum aestivum Bread wheat R b ?
Ulex sp. Gorse R
Urtica dioica Common nettle R b
Veronica x franciscana Hedge veronica LF

b = base of wall or planters on Max Miller’s Walk
s = seedling
y = young tree/sapling
w = growing in more wet/shady areas
? = species level to be checked
NR = Nationally rare

Dominant, Abundant, Frequent, Occasional, Rare, Locally

Building Green is at Ecobuild 2012

James is chairing a seminar on green building at this year’s Ecobuild, and Adam is speaking. It’s the largest sustainable building event in the world, over 2 days at Excel in London.

Get down there – and if you’re around for the seminar, say hello!

We’ll be at the Sustainable Self Build and Renovation stream, South Gallery 21&22, Wednesday 21 March. The seminar is ‘Going for Growth’ at 4.30.

Adam’s presentation is on building biodiversity into new build project design.


Brighton hospital planning consultation open

Formal consultation is open on the hospital development, closing 8 November.

This is a vital time in the planning process and has a genuine influence on the outcome of the decision.

In the scheme of things, the roof gardens and terraces are a minor consideration when lives are at stake from the lack of a decent trauma unit – but views of natural green space are known to speed recovery, so there should be a benefit to patients in future.

See the Council’s website for further information and details of how to comment on the redevelopment plans:


The reference numbers for the applications are follows:

* Main Application – BH2011/02886

* Listed Building Application (Bristol Gates) – BH2011/02887

* Listed Building Application (Chapel) – BH2011/02888