Two new plants in mid-Suffolk, 11 July 2021

Yellow Vetchling is a scarce and declining species that has been on my to do list for a little while. It survives in just a few spots in Suffolk, notably on a couple of roadside nature reserves within easy reach of home. It was to one of these not far from Stowmarket that I made for on Sunday. After a winding route through the lanes I was pleasantly surprised to find plenty of it on a lovely flower-packed verge - along with Meadow Vetchling, Agrimony, Pyramidal Orchids and Greater Knapweed

On the way home we called into another spot near Gislingham where Meg Miller had kindly given me a location for Sharp-leaved Fluellen. It was found easily on the edge of a cereal field together with Common Orache, Scarlet Pimpernel and Redshank.

On Friday while at work in Pulham St Mary a surprise Spotted Flycatcher popped up on a chimney while I was up some scaffolding and on Monday I stopped to investigate some roadside plants beside the A140 roundabout to find they were the scarce Spiny Restharrow rather than it's commoner cousin.  

                                                                                                                                     Yellow Vetchling
                                                                                                                               Sharp-leaved Fluellen
                                                                                                                                Spotted Flycatcher
                                                                                                                                   Spiny Restharrow

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