Does it make sense to reply to myself? Perhaps..(maybe this is the process of reflection)
Anyway, I made an effort to identify all of the wildflower on the site, obviously excluding the other forms of vegetation like trees, lichen, mosses and grasses. Needless to say there is a rich mix – but also one that is typically resonant of a Scottish/UK wasteland. So in no particular order:
Broad leaved dock (Rumex Obtusifolis)
Large Birdsfoot-trefoil (Lotus Pedunatlatus)
Burdock (Arciticum Minus)
Buddleja (Buddleja Davidii) white and purple varieties
Rose Bay Willowherb (Epilobium)
Tansy (Tanacetum Vulgare)
Feverfew (Tanaceium Partheneum)
Ragwort (Senecio Jacobaea)
Creeping Thistle (Cirsium Arvense)
Zig-Zag Clover (Trifolium Medium)
Coltsfoot (Tassilago Farfara)
and also either a lone Primrose or St Johns Wort which was difficult to identify because of it’s young character.
In the list above I have given the common English names, and the latin names in brackets. It would be interesting to know if any of these species are present in any of the other sites around the world, especially as some, like the Buddleja are not native but introduced from elsewhere – but now ’naturalised’. I would also be interested to know what the common names in each country were as this probably tells us much about the native culture and history. The Latin names could be used as a conduit in a fascinating cultural dig.
There were no orchids!