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Picture of Scirpus sylvaticus (Wood Club-rush)
Mostly Scirpus sylvaticus (Wood Club-rush)

Since I live so close to the boundary between the northern part of Sussex and Kent I keep getting tempted to have a look at the relatively under-recorded tetrad fragments on the border. A couple of days ago I paid another visit to TQ44Q and spent an hour or so in an area about 100 square metres finding new tetrad records for the sliver of land bounded by Kent Water.

The river is about 6-8 feet below the surface of the surrounding land, so you need to be careful getting down to it, but there were a few rewards. The best patch was a wet gulley draining into the river containing Lycopus europaeus (Gypsywort), Scirpus sylvaticus (Wood Club-rush), Carex paniculata (Greater Tussock-sedge), and Galium palustre (Marsh-bedstraw). I’m rather enjoying discovering the Sussex border landscapes.

However, while walking along the course of the river I misjudged how deep it was at one point, and was astonished at the capacity of my boots.

Picture of the river Kent Water
Kent Water, the boundary between Kent and Sussex. Sussex in the foreground

16 November 2016: Read about some of the mosses and liverworts found on the same day on the Sussex Bryophytes blog.