Outney Common and Dickleburgh Moor, 27 August 2020

Belinda and I did one of our favourite walks yesterday - the Bigod Way round starting and ending in Earsham. As well as good exercise it was good in terms of 3 new plants I managed to find. In and around a dyke on Outney grazing marsh was some nice Frogbit and also Prostrate Knotgrass which I'd overlooked until now. On the main bit of Outney Common a little while later I was surprised to find some bramble with very distinctive leaves and they caught my eye immediately. They proved to be the rare Cut-leaved Bramble at what is thought to the be the only wild location of the species in the world! The entry in A Flora of Suffolk makes very interesting reading. There wasn't much else of note but 3 Swifts over Bungay town centre were still hanging on. 

In the late afternoon I spent a quick 45 minutes at Dickleburgh Moor before the rain set in. Wader numbers/variety were down a bit but 8 Golden Plover circling was my 14th wader species there this autumn. Other than those I had 1 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Ruff, 5 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpipers and 2 Common Sandpipers plus 3 Yellow Wagtails, Hobby, Sparrowhawk, 4 Gadwall, c12 Little Grebes and 43 Little Egrets

                                                                                                                         Cut-leaved Bramble
                                                                                                                            Prostrate Knotgrass


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