Warrington Plant Group at Lumb Brook Woodlands

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:

Wood sorrel by Ian Senior

Wood sorrel by Ian Senior

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):

Scaly male fern by Samantha Turner

Scaly male fern by Samantha Turner

What a lovely place to spend the day 🙂

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