There has been a bit of excitement among conservationists recently following the confirmation that a sighting of Rough Meadowsweet Gall in Whitepark Bay back in September was the first of it’s kind seen in the UK.
The discovery was made accidentally by Conservation Expert Dr Cliff Henry who was photographing “interesting” lifeforms on plants on the North Coast when he spotted an unusual bulbous formation on a meadowsweet plant. This would later be confirmed as Rough Meadowsweet Gall, home to a colony of Gall Fly Larva.
After checking with experts in Dublin, Belfast and London, it was confirmed that the gall had never before been spotted in the UK or Ireland.
It is also extremely rare in Europe with only one sighting recorded in Denmark last year.
More details can be found at the National Trust’s website