? nearing their end on 3 August 2005,
single flowers only
site at Silver Sands,
Shoreham Beach is being wrecked by beach goers. One single flower
only seen on a sunny afternoon.
family was camped out right in the middle of the fenced out area, with
another half a dozen sunbathers within the fence.
were over a hundred Childing Pink
in flower and even more dead heads
at Silver Sands, with
frequent Hare's Foot Clover. There were scores of fawn coloured
were well over a hundred Childing Pink
amongst the Hare's Foot Clover
on Silver Sands,
Prickly Lettuce and Fennel
were growing nearby, but had not yet flowered.
the breeze had died down so I was eager
to go out. The original plan was to see what was washed
up on the shore, but this was forgotten as
I found two Slow Worms
under some roofing felt near Silver Sands,
there were two fresh sprouts of Childing
Pink amongst over a dozen plants still
in flower with a few Hare's Foot
Pink at Silver
plant on Silver Sands
canadensis which is unattractive and
probably frequent on waste land
for ID purposes)
a breeze (Force 4)
blowing from the north and black clouds over the sea, conditions
were unsuitable for photographing the fragile flowers
like the miniature Childing Pink
at Silver Sands
that swayed too much in the wind. A small new plant was discovered on Silver
Sands which seems to be Erigeron
Beach, occcasional (10+) Childing
Pink were still in flower
with the seed heads of Hare's Foot Clover,
and the last flowers of Kidney Vetch.
single flowers were seen.
seen in Shoreham.
a hundred Childing Pink, Petrorhagia
were seen on Silver Sands
on Shoreham Beach.
This meant at least one hundred plants as only three double flowers were
seen and no trebles.
all the day was sunny with clouds, overcast at times, and very humid, with
just enough breeze to sway the more fragile plants like the Childing
Beach. The best plants were inside the wooden surround. Hare's
Foot Clover was more resilient to the
breeze. (There was no Kidney Vetch
Wild Flowers 2014
were frequent double flowers of the small Childing
nanteuilii, on Silver
Sands on Shoreham
the breeze died down sufficiently so it was worth checking out the population
of Childing Pink, Petrorhagia
nanteuilii, on Silver
Sands on Shoreham
were well a hundred single flowers showing and I eventually discovered
just a single double flower with scores of the second flowers budding.
popuation of this scarce protected
plant was thriving in numbers unprecedented this century.
few Childing Pink with
single flowers showed on their only
location at Silver Sands.
of Shoreham Beach Wild
Flower Walk took place at the east end of Shoreham
Beach. The crowd of about 25 picked a brief interlude of an hour between
the rain showers.
Beach, about a dozen Childing Pink,
nanteuilii, were in flower blowing
about in the breeze, with one clear double-flower showing amongst the Kidney
Vetch. Encroaching vegetation appears
to be been cleared since by last visit in 2008.
nanteuilii, was present in small numbers,
all with single flowers in their usual place in a small patch at Silver
too late in the year, I checked out the Childing
Pink, Petrorhagia nanteuilii,
at Silver Sands
on Shoreham Beach, and I saw just the one
wind-damaged flower being blown about in the breeze.
quick look at Shoreham beach seemed to show a reduction in the numbers
of Childing Pink
flowers as somebody had cut the vegetation on the sand outside the Harbour
Club, and only one of the frequent flowers blowing in the breeze was doubled.
the weekend sunshine Childing Pink, Petrorhagia
nanteuilii, only single flowers so far,
were noted in flower for the first time
this year (although they could have been in flower for at least a
week) on their normal Silver Sands habitat.
Sands on Shoreham
Beach, the first double flower of the Childing
Pink was recorded for this year. There
are many less plants this year as Kidney Vetch
and other plants have invaded.
Sands, Shoreham Beach, Kidney
Vetch has invaded and almost taken over
the designated Childing Pink, Petrorhagia
nanteuilii, area, but these small mauve-pink
flowers have spread to their preferred sandy habitat, an area between the
Harbour Club and the river. They are not in double flower yet which is
characteristic of this plant.
plants are really hard to spot unless you know exactly where you are looking.
remaining silver sands
new Harbour Club is completed opening up on
to the main area for the rare plant known as the Childing Pink.
this plant is to survive in one of only two locations in Sussex, careful
management will be necessary. West
Sussex County Council have constructed a wooden surround, but the main
area that the plant colonises is actually on the Silver
Sands near the club and shown in the picture
and outside of the wooden barrier.
was spotted on a Childing Pink
still in flower in the minute area of sand dunes (TQ
229 048) remaining on Shoreham
Beach. These rare plants seem to have increased in number, but are
still under threat from encroaching vegetation.
Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2000 14:13:20 -0000
From: "Sarah Longrigg" <>
most interested by Andy
Horton's references to this plant, both
in regards to flower books that include it and his reference to its presence
on the beach at Shoreham-by-Sea.
couple of years ago I went to visit an aunt (uninterested in botany or
conservation) who lives on the coast a good few miles west of Shoreham.
We went for a walk on the beach and I noticed these strange flowers (which
I did not mention to my aunt!). I later identified them as Child(l)ing
pink, and I read somewhere, I forget where, that the location where I found
them was one of only two sites in Britain.
gave me an interest in this plant.
now baffles me is its accurate name. Andy
Horton and BMLSS
give this as "Childing Pink, Petrorhagia nanteuilii".
I have consulted flower books I have in my possession and have come up
with an unbelievable number of variants as follows:
M/F Childling Kohlrauschia prolifera
KM - P. nanteuilii / Kohlrauschia prolifera etc
FFB Childling P. nanteulii / nanteullii
F atlas - P. prolifera
Rose Childling Kohlrauschia (P.) nanteulii
GS Childling P. nanteuilii / nanteulii
B/GW Childing P. nanteulii
Petroraghia nanteuilii, Childing Pink (Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981)
we have childling/childing and nanteulii/ nanteuilii/ nanteullii
it possible to know which of all these variants is correct? It seems to
me that typing errors have probably become accepted through repetition.
I assume that Kohlrauschia is an older name and that the separation from
K./P./ prolifera is rather recent? It is a separate species in more recent
what is the correct pronunciation? child -(l)ing (as in young
of books referred to above:
- McClintock & Fitter - Collins pocket guide to wild flowers
- Keeble Martin - Concise British flora in colour
- Fitter/Fitter/Blamey - Wild flowers of Britain & Northern
- Fitter - Atlas of wild flowers of Britain & Northern Europe
- Rose - Wild flower key, British Isles & North West Europe
- Garrard & Streeter - Wild Flowers of the British Isles
- Blamey/Grey Wilson - Illustrated flora of Britain & Northern
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 22:01:52 -0000
From: "Chris Pogson" <email@example.com>
nanteuilii (Childling Pink)
a new member, I thought I would browse earlier entries and noted some on
the Childling Pink. Last year, while looking for an alien near the
South Gare at the mouth of the Tees (reached from Redcar), I stumbled across
a sizeable colony (200+) of Petrorhagia nanteuilii, possibly one
of the largest in the UK and also the northernmost (any other offers?).
It's not easily confused with anything else, but has now been confirmed,
I understand. If you look in this year's Wild Flower Society fieldtrips
list, you will see that Ian Lawrence hopes to demonstrate this species!
Information wanted: Please
send any records of this plant, with location, date, who discovered it,
how it was identified, prevalence, common name and any other details to
Project EMail Glaucus@hotmail.com.
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