The Dingle and Fords Rough are well-known woodlands in the Lumb Brook valley popular with locals. There’s even a tea room just up the road. We were there on the same day as a group of children splashing around in the river and learning about wildlife with a local ranger. Excellent outdoor fun!
Six botanists gathered to explore the flora – and splash around in the river 🙂We recorded 100+ species of plants in this small area and Ian Senior (@Ians4AD on Twitter) took some nice pictures including this portrait of wood sorrel:
Later on there was a bonanza of ferns, with hart’s-tongue, lady-fern, hard fern, scaly male fern, male fern, broad buckler-fern, polypody, soft shield-fern and bracken all putting in an appearance. Phew !! Here’s a lovely scaly male fern photographed by Sam Turner (@MossAgateSam on Twitter):
What a lovely place to spend the day 🙂