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Wildflowers in School Pond and Hay Meadow marsh

With School Pond dry for the first time in several years, two plants have taken advantage. The one spotted by Graham (14 July) has been identified as marsh cudweed:

Marsh Cudweed

It has now been joined by creeping yellow cress:

Creeping yellow cress

By the eastern gate there is a patch of common knotgrass, which is too straggly to photograph easily.

Further sightings in the Hay Meadow marsh include common fleabane:

Common Fleabane

There has been a good patch of this near the Cromwell Road gate in previous year but it seems to be spreading with clumps by Cromwell’s Pond and elsewhere.

Also a woody nightshade and hogweed:

Woody Nightshade