Rye Harbour

Field meeting reports

Meeting date: 21 August 2004

(Leader: Paul Harmes)

Thirty members came to this joint meeting with the BSBI, which was not the usual ‘tetrad bash’, but rather a chance to enjoy the special plants of the Reserve. Recent unseasonal storms had affected many of them, particularly Galeopsis angustifolia (Red Hemp-nettle) and Lactuca saligna (Least Lettuce), hard to spot at the best of times.

The Warden, who led us round, came armed with a ladder for everyone to climb up and over a fence 5 feet high to look for Chenopodium chenopodioides (Salt-marsh Goosefoot), which proved elusive (after all that effort!). Above the tideline beside the river, Limonium hyblaeum (Rottingdean Sea-lavender) seems to be increasing, along with Frankenia laevis (Sea-heath). Bupleurum tenuissimum (Slender Hare’s-ear) was still on the low bank where it has been for several years. A brief visit was made in the afternoon to Castle Water, where quite a small muddy pool had Baldellia ranunculoides (Lesser Water-plantain) and Ranunculus baudottii (Brackish Water-crowfoot).