Meeting date: 16 July 2016
(Leader: Jane Birch)
The purpose of the meeting was to revisit ditches which had been surveyed in 2000 for the Environment Agency and to compare the results. We also added to the tetrad records for TQ60I and 60J. Four members assembled in the car park at Rickney Pumping Station. On reaching the first ditch, Jane donned her drysuit and waded into the wide ditch. She fished out and handed up a tangled length of Potamogeton acutifolius (Sharp-leaved Pondweed). We were pleased to see Butomus umbellatus (Flowering-rush). At the second ditch at Horse-eye Level, two sections were surveyed. Needless to say, with the benefit of a truly aquatic botanist, many more aquatic plants were recorded than previously. Nearby, we admired a large clump of Scutellaria galericulata (Greater Skullcap) which overhung the bank of Horse-eye Sewer. Other plants included Hottonia palustris (Water-violet), Althaea officinalis (Marsh Mallow), Myosotis secunda (Creeping Forget-me-not) and Berula erecta (Lesser Water Parsnip). This was a meeting of two halves! We learned later that four members had arrived late and were unable to locate the group, so held a meeting of their own, successfully keying out all the species they found.
An account of the other group’s activities is at: This is not a field meeting report