The sedges - grass-like plants in the family Cyperaceae - are one of my favourite groups of plants and I was very pleased to find, as well as scattered plants of the common Glaucous Sedge (Carex flacca), a large patch of the less commonly seen Hairy Sedge (Carex hirta), which I haven't seen for quite a few years. It is unusual for a sedge in having hairy leaves (on both sides) and hairy fruits as well.
There were also a few birds there today, including a Whitethroat - a migratory warbler which I think was nesting close to where I found the Hairy Sedge.
|Looking south across the site towards the west-bound carriageway, |
which you can't see because of the lie of the land
|Three lovely Common Spotted Orchids|
|A slightly out of focus Pyramidal Orchid|
|The tiny little stars of Fairy Flax (aka Purging Flax) were everywhere|
|Hairy Sedge (Carex hirta) - as sedges go, this is a pretty photogenic one, |
although I don't think I've managed to capture how
beautiful and distinctive it is in this photo 😊
|A Painted Lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui) on a Knapweed plant.|
This species is a migrant to the UK and is unable to survive our winters,
so this individual was probably in North Africa a few weeks ago