The Wild Waveney Festival, 30 July 2022

Today the Wild Waveney Festival hosted by Ben Potterton and the Otter Trust took place at the Earsham Wetland Centre near Bungay. 

I'd been asked to lead a wildflower walk as part of the celebrations which also included pond dipping, moth trapping, country crafts, poultry sales, demonstrations, 'meet the animals' (horses, donkeys, and a Fallow Deer!) live music from the Foreign Locals and food stalls. And it was rammed! We turned up at 10.45 and the carpark was already full and overflowing into the lane and nearby gardens!

My walk went well as we explored the banks of the Waveney finding a good few nice plants including Arrowhead, Frogbit, Water Plantain, Tubular Water-dropwort, Branched Bur-reed, Reed Canary Grass, Water Mint, Gypsywort, Marsh Woundwort, Water Forget-me-not, Water Figwort, Yellow Water Lily, Common Club-rush, Common Fleabane, Dwarf Mallow, Watercress, Lesser Water Parsnip, Black Nightshade, Scarlet Pimpernel, Silverweed and Creeping St John's Wort amongst others. The participants were really engaged, especially the children which was lovely to see.

A quick look at the previous nights moth catchings revealed Canary-shouldered Thorn and Nut-tree Tussock Moth which were new ones to me and pond dipping gave me Water Scorpion and Great Pond Snail.

We watched the band for a while but as the heat began to rise we bid a hasty retreat. The grandgirlies had a lovely time.

                                                                                                                        Canary-shouldered Thorn
                                                                                                                                   Nut-tree Tussock
                                                                                                                                   Great Pond Snail
                                                                                                                                        Water Scorpion

                                                                                                                                 Water Figwort


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