Ragged Robin Counts

The number of flowering Ragged Robin plants is counted each year in late May. These plants grow on the Lumley area.

The chart below shows the maximum counts each year from 2002. The counts have been variable over the years. Following a record 625 in 2010 the count fell to 214 in 2011 and then plummeted in Years 2012 and 2013. The count in 2014 was up to 104, but it fell again to just 34 flowering plants in 2015. Numbers increased again in 2016 to 154 which was the best count since 2011 and remained high in 2017.
2018 was another excellent year for this attractive flower with a grand total of 433 flowering plants counted, mostly on the Lumley area. Numbers again fell in year 2019 to 178 which is more in line with 2016 and 2017. They fell further in 2020 to 114 which is the lowest for 5 years.
I have no idea why numbersĀ  vary so much from one year to the next. There is no obvious change in the habitat or the management of the area. Maybe, it is weather related, who knows?

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