Yet More Cumbrian Sedges

Every year in recent years, Mike Porter has run a sedge event for the BSBI.  Mike is one of the vice-county botanical recorders for Cumbria and an expert on sedges, so it’s a great opportunity for botanists to benefit from his expertise.  I went to one in south Cumbria a couple of years back and saw sedges I’d never seen anywhere else, including the very rare yellow sedge Carex flava.  Here it is again just because it’s so nice:

Carex flava (L) with Carex x alsatica (R)

Carex flava (L) with Carex x alsatica (R)

This year’s event was held near Keswick and took in two very interesting wetland sites, Eycott Hill near Berrier and Silver Meadows at Dubwath (next to the Pheasant Inn if you know the area).Eycott Hill is a botanist’s paradise – apparently the igneous rock dominant locally is very impermeable, which means lots of rocky hillocks poking up out of a matrix of wetlands with very interesting chemistry.  I’ve never been anywhere like it before.

Here are some sedges from the site:

Carex disticha

Carex disticha

Carex pauciflora

Carex pauciflora

Carex dioica (female)

Carex dioica (female)

Carex limosa

Carex limosa

Carex diandra swamp

Carex diandra swamp

Silver Meadows is a floodplain meadow complex with a very handy track all round the outside which allows local walkers and botanists alike a glimpse at the botanical treasures within without making a muddy mess of the site.

Here are some of its sedges:

Carex vesicaria

Carex vesicaria

Carex aquatilis

Carex aquatilis

Carex nigra cespitosa - with botanist for scale!

Carex nigra cespitosa – with botanist for scale!

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