Broad-leaved Helleborine in Norwich as a precursor to the Global Birdfair, 16 July 2023

Sunday was earmarked for a day out at the Global Birdfair with Jus, Andy and Dave. Before our rendezvous at Jus's house I had time to nip into central Norwich for a Broad-leaved Helleborine which I'd been told about. This isn't a common species at all in Norfolk so it was good to see one at a new, if rather odd location! It has to be said it wasn't the best looking specimen I've ever seen though. Nearby was some nice Purple Toadflax.

Having got up extra early I even had time for a walk around the wet woodland/marshes near Jus's at Old Lakenham as well. Here I found Meadow Cranesbill, Common Valerian and Reed Canary Grass of interest. 

Our day at the Birdfair was punctuated by heavy downpours and a rather muddy site but nonetheless a good time was had by all. I attended nice talks about Borneo, Estonia and Bhutan, the latter done by friend Paul Varney. As ever we caught up with a few people, bought books, drank coffee and hatched plans! Several Red Kites livened up the journey in both directions.

                                                                                                                         Broad-leaved Helleborine
                                                                                                                             Purple Toadflax
                                                                                                                        Common Valerian
                                                                                                                              Reed Canary Grass
                                                                                                                          Meadow Cranesbill

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