'God's Acre' and Wortham Ling, 9 May 2021

Earlham Cemetry in Norwich is known amongst it's admirers as 'God's Acre'. With a pointer of whereabouts to look I made my way to a corner of the vast cemetry that I'd not visited before. With much detailed searching I eventually found what I was looking for - the scarce, tiny but rather lovely Subterranean Clover. An inland site for this species really is something unusual. The long search did have other benefits - I found masses of the low-growing Spotted Medick and Dove's-foot Cranesbill as well as Thyme-leaved Speedwell, Ivy-leaved Speedwell, Wall Speedwell, Field Woodrush and then a nice small group of Meadow Saxifrage amongst loads of Bulbous Buttercups and Wild Strawberry. I also checked out a Henbit Dead Nettle plant which is not flowering. 

After a trip to my parents (and a Lime Hawk Moth on Dad's shed!)  and then back home I ventured out in the late afternoon sun to Wortham Ling. I had read that Suffocated Clover occurs 'at the edge of the carpark' but a detailed search of both carparks and I failed to find any. Staring at the ground again had it's side benefits though as I did find Knotted Clover (yet to flower so I'll call back for the 'tick' when it is), Small Mouse-ear and Bur Chervil (both new ones for me), Sheeps Sorrel, Shepherd's Cress, Mossy Stonewort and Bird's-foot.

All in all a most productive couple of short botany visits.

                                                                                                                                Subterranean Clover
                                                                                                                                       Spotted Medick
                                                                                                                            Dove's-foot Cranesbill
Meadow Saxifrage
   Thyme-leaved Speedwell

                                                                                                                                         Wall Speedwell
                                                                                                                                     Lime Hawk Moth
                                                                                                                                     Knotted Clover
                                                                                                                                         Sheeps Sorrel
                                                                                                                                   Shepherd's Cress
                                                                                                                                  Small Mouse-ear
                                                                                                                                     Bur Chervil

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