Found on edge of cliff-top section of Wales Coastal Path near Southerndown
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Agree that Spear Thistle is more appropriate identification.
Hi John, when you see a woolly thistle there no forgetting it. It is a very imposing plant with heads up to the size of tennis balls (well nearly) and its like someone has rubbed cotton wool into the bracts.
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Hi Chris - many thanks for the pointer - "my observation" was clearly not that. I initially thought Spear, but "persuaded" myself it could be Woolly by what I thought were the upturned and downturned lobes along the leaf edges. However, the head size and appearance is clearly more significant as a differentiator. John
Lat/Lng: 51.4478, -3.6078
OS grid ref: SS883733