I had a rendezvous in Horstead with Louis Parkerson yesterday so he could show me some bits around his patch. Before that though I had a couple of things I wanted to look for.
Firstly, Eared Willow in Drayton Drewray which I failed to find despite much searching. Going there did have it's benefits though as I found my first ever Bog Stitchwort in some damp areas as well as Tutsan and Pendulous Sedge.
Secondly, Alder Buckthorn at Booton Common which I also failed with! Again though, as is often the case with botany, I found some other goodies. Most noticably Large Bittercress which ironically was one of the things Louis was going to show me later! Also there I found Marsh Valerian, Cuckooflower, Glaucous Sedge and Red Currant while sploshing about.
I met Louis by Horstead church and we walked the wet area behind the church, nearby verges and the pond by the Frettenham Road. Large Bittercress was seen (again) plus Norway Maple, a strange naturalised laurel sp that seems to be Azores Laurel while a Cetti's Warbler sang a couple of brief snatches. Along the roadsides a curious bushy patch of Spotted Medick with really big leaves was thought to be the 'Giant' Spotted Medick cultivar (good homework by Louis!) and we also had Hoary Cress, Caucasian Stonecrop, Barley (!), Rough Chervil and Bur Chervil before we went to the pond. Here I was shown the distinctive Tufted Sedge and while there spotted the colourful Common Malachite Beetle on a some Lesser Pond Sedge.
My grateful thanks to Louis for giving up his time.