|Annie at work!|
The next day we all met in Dyffryn Ardudwy, where Guy had done a lot of work getting access permissions. He'd also let us park in his wonderful garden, although he was away and so not able to enjoy the day with us. We walked down towards the sea, as usual not recording until we were in the right target tetrad, but then making a long list of weedy species, which take advantage of the early lack of competition.
|The bright flowers of Lousewort, Pedicularis sylvatica, were a welcome sight so early in the year|
Some better marshy conditions took our species count to 146, quite a respectable total so early in the year, when it is difficult to do some plants, particularly young ferns, with accuracy. In some of the ditches we found Apium nodiflorum, Fool's Watercress, and both Sparganium emersum and S angustifolium, Branched and Floating Bur-reed.
|Andrew successfully foraging for Water Crowfoot|
We saw several clumps of the Sharp Rush, Juncus acutus, a Meirionnydd speciality, on our way back towards the railway and village. The caravan site in the background and the derelict barn are signs of the changes in land use in recent times
|Hiraeth, an almost untranslatable Welsh word |
for a yearning nostalgia