Brede High Woods

Field meeting reports

Meeting date: 3 August 2008

(Leader: Alan Knapp)

About fifteen members arrived on time, despite the damp morning and early start time, for a multi-tetrad meeting in the area around the north of Brede High Woods. For the morning, we split into three groups to record TQ72V, TQ72W and TQ82B. Interesting finds included Hypericum humifusum (Trailing St John’s-wort) in 72V and W, Lychnis flos-cuculi (Ragged-robin) in 72W and Echinochloa crus-galli (Cockspur) in two places in 82B. In the afternoon we recorded as a single group and set off down some wet woodland rides. We intended to stay in TQ82A but an unintentional diversion brought us again into 72V, where we had some interesting finds including a good colony of Carex viridula  ssp. oedocarpa (Common Yellow-sedge) and a patch of Scutellaria minor (Lesser Skullcap). We returned to 82A where we found both Epipactis helleborine (Broad-leaved Helleborine) and E. purpurata (Violet Helleborine). In the end the day produced over 200 new records for the area.