Today I was at Pegsdon again helping with our new Rapid Grassland Assessment surveys. We were on the look out for both positive and negative indicator species of good quality grassland.
We surveyed a few different compartments over the course of the day and it was an absolute treat for the senses with the colours, patterns and smells.
I encountered Wild Parsnip for the first time. This has lovely delicate little flowers and has leaves that smell of curry!
The last compartment we surveyed was the best. It was carpeted in purple Wild Thyme and yellow Birds-foot-trefoil. I’d been admiring the slopes from afar when we’d huddled under scrub to eat our lunch but it was even better when we walked through it. There were flowers and herbs every where we looked and the Wild Thyme smelt absolutely divine!
I can’t belive tomorrow is the end of 30 Days Wild! I best get thinking about how to round it all off!