Highlights: Orchids & other flowers
Access: View from the paths cut in May
Perrys Guide: 20 C2
Le Pré du Galet, the field furthest from the road
Aerial Photo
Aerial Photo
Nature Reserves

Rue Rocheuse

These are three long, narrow adjoining fields half a kilometre north of the ones at Les Vicheries. They are to the north of La Rue Rocheuse just inland from the coast.

The one nearest the road is privately owned and leased to La Société, the two north from that are owned by La Société, and all three have been managed by them since 1984. They are treated as the other orchid fields in that they are cut for hay in late July/August, and may be grazed after this until the winter when they become too wet.

As with the other Orchid fields in Les Vicheries, the Hemlock Water Dropwort needs some control, and is cut by hand every few years, as necessary, or it will take over.

They have a good diversity of flora with at least three species of Orchid, many other wet meadow plant species, and a good population of the rare fern Common Adder's Tongue, occurring in all three meadows. There is only one other site for this at present; in the nearby Colin Best Reserve where it is much less accessible. The strange fruiting-spike of this can be seen best in May. These meadow to the west of the reserve was the last known site of Yellow Rattle, Rhinanthus minor, in the island in 1985, but this had disappeared by 1990. The meadows also contain many species of grasses, sedges and rushes, some of which are quite rare elsewhere in the island. Paths are cut around the perimeter of the fields in May, so that visitors can admire the flowers more easily.  

Adder's Tongue
Tufted Vetch
Common Adder's Tongue Ophioglossum vulgatum
Tufted Vetch Vicia cracca
Amphibious Bistort
Great Willowherb
Amphibious Bistort Persicaria amphibia
Great Willowherb Epilobium hirsutum
Greater Bird's-foot Trefoil
False Fox-sedge
Greater Bird's-foot Trefoil Lotus pedunculatus
False Fox-sedge Carex otrubae
Distant Sedge
Distant Sedge Carex distans, scarce in Guernsey
Galingale or Han Cyperus longus
Surveying the flora in Le Galle - the middle field
The field next to the road

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