Nowton, Long Melford and an overnight stay, 19 & 20 August 2023

We took our motorhome down into Suffolk on Friday and stayed at a cafe cum cycle centre called Magglia Rosso at Hawstead just south of Bury St Edmunds.

As ever both days were spent walking and exploring.

Our Friday walk was at Nowton taking in part of the St Edmunds Way and Nowton Country Park. Items of interest on the way round were a single Red Kite, Dark Mullein, Migrant Hawker, Brown Hawker and the larvae of the sawfly Craesus septentrionalis (aka Leaf-edge Sawfly) chomping and moving in unison on the edge of a Hazel leaf. The arboretum inside Nowton Park was also interesting with many a weird and wonderful tree including the lovely and fantastically-named Goldenrain Tree! The pond at our overnight spot had Ruddy Darter and Red Bartsia.

                                                                                                                            Craesus septentrionalis
                                                                                                                                   Goldenrain Tree
                                                                                                                                Dark Mullein

On Saturday we relocated to Long Melford where another long walk along part of the Stour Valley Walk and by Kentwell Hall produced a new fungi for me Solitary Amanita plus Rooting Bolete. Plants were a little weird with a set-aside containing Reversed Clover (aka Persian Clover) and Long-headed Clover (a ssp of Crimson Clover), no doubt both the remnants of a fodder crop. In the village by the bridge were some nice clumps of Small Teasel.    

                                                                                                                                 Solitary Amanita
                                                                                                                                Rooting Bolete

                                                                                                                                Reversed Clover
                                                                                                                              Long-headed Clover
                                                                                                                                     Small Teasel

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