Our woods and hedges are full of greater stitchwort (Stellaria holostea), a fragile plant that avoids the sunlight if it can and leans on the foliage around it for support.

This is black sedge (Carex nigra), also known as common sedge. It grows along the Lambrok tributary either in the shallow water or on the bank and there is a bed of it in the woods just past the wooden bridge.

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Germander speedwell (Veronica Chamaedrys) in the hedge in Brunts Field.

Pictures by Suzanne Humphries

Clearing trees from the new plantations and the areas affected by Ash Die-back has brought spring sunlight to the woodland floor for the first time in years.

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New species

A new species for our lists: marsh marigold (Caltha palustris).

Conservation status: Least Concern (population stable); locally threatened by drainage and agricultural improvement.

Another recent addition to our species lists:

Cardamine pratensis

A picture of Cardamine pratensis sent by Ian Bushell with this message:

” . . .Milkmaid flowering on the Lambrok bank very near the boggy area. ”

Does anybody else call it milkmaid? I call it lady’s smock; is it another of those plants with many different names, like ragwort?

Tell us in the comments below if you have a different name for it.

Cardamine pratensis conservation status UK: Common and widespread

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