Fritillary 6

Contents Fritillary 6

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Editorial
F H Watkins and D Lewis

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Introduction
F H Watkins

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Shapes of Time: Fossil Development and Evolution or Darwin’s Forgotten Insight
K McNamara
Summary

This is the report of a lecture given to the Ashmolean Natural History Society of Oxfordshire on the occasion of the Darwin Dinner on the 7th March 2009.

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The Ballad of Darwin's Finches
A. Lack
Summary

Light-hearted verse composed by Andrew Lack and read at the ANHSO Darwin Dinner on the 7th March 2009. This dinner was held to celebrate the 200th anniversay of the birth of Darwin.

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Charles Darwin’s botanical connections with Oxford
S. Marner
Summary

During the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin (1809 – 1882), it seemed an appropriate time to look at the handful of herbarium specimens collected by Darwin, held by Oxford University Herbaria, and work out how they came to be there.

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Rare Beetles and Bugs of the Midvale Ridge
J. M. Campbell
Summary

This paper discusses recently recorded Red Data Book and notable species from the calcareous grass-heaths.

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Population Structure of Epipactis palustris at three sites in Oxfordshire
S. Pickles
Summary

This paper reports the results of population surveys of Marsh Helleborine at three of its Oxfordshire sites.

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Heteroptera New to Oxfordshire since 1955
J. M. Campbell
Summary

This paper lists new records of Heteroptera in administrative Oxfordshire since A M Massee's 1955 list.

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Guardian of the Swifts in the Tower of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
R. Overall
Summary

Roy Overall describes his 49 years as guardian of the swifts and reports on some of the discoveries which have been made about the birds.

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Plants, Place Names and Habitats
E. A. Cole
Summary

Places need distinctive names to aid identification. Many of these names date back to the early medieval period.

The qualifying (usually first) element in a place-name sometimes refers to vegetation or habitat. Stinging nettles flourish in phosphate-rich soil found round concentrated, long-occupied human and animal settlement sites. Many are near Roman forts, villas or the pinch points (fords, bridges) on Roman roads.

Wild celery (merece in Old English) monitored by the Oxfordshire Flora Group, gives Marcham its name ‘wild celery riverside meadow’. Once used medicinally it is now rare inland.

Tree names are widely used especially ‘oak’, but a few are not represented in place-names. Appleton and Pyrton probably refer to apple and pear orchards. Even the Whitty pear may have been referred to.

Many names describe wet habitats – some of Old Norse origin are restricted to Danelaw counties. Near Oxford mōr (moor) and fenn (fen) are used. Local names in mos, mēos are described, but further fieldwork on these elements is needed. Two terms for hay occur in the Chilterns.

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G. I. M. Bloom, 1916-2007: obituary
M and R Bloom
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R. S. R. Fitter 1913-2005: obituary
C R Lambrick
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C. W. D. Gibson 1952-2008: obituary
C Hambler
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Guidelines for Contributors

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