|Llyn Llynerch photo: Eric Jones|
The highlights were lovely patches of Hypericum elodes, Marsh St. John's-wort, with very small amounts of Carex pulicaris, Flea Sedge, and C. dioica, Dioecious Sedge [all female]
|Rain water lying on the leaves of Hypericum elodes,|
with Juncus acutiflorus, Eriophorum angustifolium and Carex echinata
The next day I led a botanical walk [in Welsh] from Plas Tan-y-Bwlch to Llyn Mair for Llen Natur and Cofnod. It was their Bioflits event, the idea being to combine an open event for the general public with intensive recording of a site. All sorts of wildlife are included from spiders to mammals to higher plants and bryophytes.
It went quite well but I might have been a little more coherent if I hadn't got lost on the 'reccy' and had to miss lunch! We walked through the great Japanese cedars, Cryptomeria japonica, amid some typical woodland plants but some odd ones too. The strangest, which I had never seen before, was Sheep-laurel, Kalmia angustifolia, looking perfectly natural beside the lake. Its single remaining flower was enough to help us to identify it later. A strange record to add to the county list!