Broadwater Warren

Field meeting reports

Meeting date: 29 June 2013

(Leader: Helen Proctor)

Three members met at the RSPB reserve.  The objective was to refind heathland species, following extensive clearance of conifer forest.  However, establishment of a good heathland flora was yet to happen.  Decoy Pond proved to be much more profitable and initiated an impromptu study session of sedges.  In all, eight sedge species were seen including Carex echinata (Star Sedge) and C. demissa (Common Yellow-sedge).  The pond was the ideal lunch spot as it was sunny and sheltered and we could watch Emperor dragonflies darting back and forth. Trichomanes speciosum (Killarney Fern) was searched for but could not be found.  Fourteen species were added to TQ53N, including six SPA species.