Aberlady East Lothian 18th July 2020general beginners
This visit to Aberlady is to encourage beginners/improvers in small groups. We shall take a leisurely walk through the Nature Reserve and meet for lunch together. The area is special for certain plants but we shall also look at others on the side of the path that like a lime grassland. The area called ‘Marl Loch’ is where limestone was dug out in the past and we can look at some ‘specials’: Chara hispida (Bristly Stonewort), Potamogeton coloratus (Fen Pondweed), Stellaria palustris (Marsh Stitchwort) and Pulicaria dysenterica (Common Fleabane). The mires beyond include Berula erecta (Lesser Water-parsnip) and Utricularia vulgaris (Greater Bladderwort) amongst other interesting plants. In the grass beside the sea, there is Parapholis strigosa (Hard-grass), Blysmus rufus (Saltmarsh Flat-sedge) and Trifolium fragiferum (Strawberry Clover).