Species of the Month: September 2017


Traveller's Joy Clematis vitalba


© Paul Challinor

A common sight in the hedgerows, woodland and scrub habitats of Britain, Traveller's Joy is a distinctive native climbing plant. The common name comes from the fluffy white seed heads remaining late into winter, a joyful sight during the drabbest months of the year. The fluffy seedheads also give its alternative common name, Old Man's Beard.

This species is found throughout the SEWBReC area, but we only have less than 2000 records of Clematis vitalba in our database. You can view the Welsh distribution of Traveller's Joy here on Aderyn.

More information about Clematis vitalba can be found on NatureSpot and the Woodland Trust website.

If you spot Traveller's Joy during September (or at any other time of year), please send us the record, ideally via our Species of the Month form on SEWBReCORD (nb. you will need to be signed into SEWBReCORD to use this link). Instructions on how to submit records are available here.