We had a very pleasant summer evening stroll with the weather being dry and sunny. There were about a dozen people who came to learn about grasses, and Dr Richard Jefferson very kindly agreed to also cover the trees and wildflowers we saw too!
During the evening we identified about 11 species of tree, 37 varieties of wildflower, and 12 grasses and sedges. This is course is only a small selection of what is the wood, as we only covered a short distance due to stopping to inspect plants!
Richard not only helped us to identify grasses by explaining the features of some of the them, and for instance the difference between rushes and sedges, but he also told us interesting facts such as that Rye Grass is often used for football pitches as it is hard-wearing, and that one of the tallest grasses (which was taller than Richard) is Reed Canary Grass which likes damp areas.
We tend to alternate our wildflower walks between the Spring and Summer so we can enjoy and learn about different species each time, and thanks go to Richard for leading an enjoyable evening.