Its status is scarce and local; Oxfordshire has a few locations but yesterday on a short exploration along the River Dorn I found two colonies, one where Gagea lutea was the dominant plant in a 15 x 20 metre patch under mature hazel, on a damp calcareous slope. It is notorious in producing few flowers, and in the patch I found no more than 5 to 10% of the plants had any flowers. The same is true for Gagea Bohemica; lots of plants but very few flowers.
In the last 15 years otters have spread to every river in Oxfordshire. Back in the late 1990's I found spraint on the Evenlode, but the find was treated with considerable suspicion. That has all changed; Though I have yet to see an animal on a lowland river but I did find on the Dorn fresh spraint, no more than a few hours old because it was gelatinous with the appearance of black tar.
The distribution maps (post 2010) records taken from the BSBI database for both Gagea lutea and Adoxa moschatellina are shown below. The absences are perhaps more interesting than the locations. For instance, why are neither found in Ireland (bar one record)?
|Adoxa moschatellina post 2010 from BSBI database|
|Gagea lutea post 2010 from BSBI database|