The Stour Valley at Sudbury, 12 August 2023

In an effort to shake off a bit of lethargy that has set in recently we decided that this weekend would be a good walking one. Our Saturday walk was one at Sudbury taking in the River Stour, part of the old railway line that forms the Stour Valley Walk, Sudbury town and the Sudbury Common Lands NR. 

It started off well with Brown Argus seen within yards of the car and then 2-3 more just afterwards with one obliging for a photo. Plants formed the rest of any interest with some odd but very welcome naturalised specimens of Tree Spinach, Summer Jasmine and Giant Eryngo. More regular were Flowering Rush, Celery-leaved Buttercup, Water Plantain and Orange Balsam in ditches on the common and Common Hemp Nettle. We passed the spot for Deptford Pink but they had finished for the year as suspected. 

We aren't great 'townies' but have to say that Sudbury town is lovely with lots of impressive buildings including, of course, Gainsborough's house.    

                                                                                                                                Brown Argus
                                                                                                                         Common Hemp Nettle
                                                                                                                                Giant Eryngo
                                                                                                                                Summer Jasmine
                                                                                                                                  Tree Spinach
                                                                                                                                 Flowering Rush

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