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Sunday, 12 July 2009

12/7/09: Lesnes Abbey pond and meadow

Widening rides with the Lesnes Abbey Conservation Volunteers today, pulling bramble and bracken to allow less robust ground flora to prosper. While doing this a juvenile Toad was found, and a Green Woodpecker was spotted.

Before going into the woods I took this picture of the invasive alien Azolla filiculoides (seen here with Lesser Duckweed) on the lower pond.

Next to the pond was a small specimen of Celery-leaved Crowfoot in flower, and a couple of patches of Silverweed (Potentilla anserina). I saw a Hummingbird Hawkmoth nearby.

The meadow parallel to Abbey Rd was a-buzz with grasshoppers and still colourful, with Lady's Bedstraw, Corn Marigold, Cornflower, Wild Carrot and Musk Mallow in flower.

Thamesmead above bleached grass seedheads

Musk Mallow

Corn Marigold

Cornflower with Yarrow, Corn Marigold, and seedheads of Common and Opium Poppies

Lady's Bedstraw in the foreground, with Black Knapweed and trees beyond

Way better than all that over-mown grass !!

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