Sunday saw Richard, Keith, Ian, Jim and Mick (where were the intrepid women, I ask?) setting out in the pouring rain to do a botanical circuit of East Lilburn Farm.
Fortunately the rain only lasted about an hour and after that things dried and warmed up nicely. There was a good range of habitats from dry grazed neutral grassland to very squelchy marsh areas, crop field edges, mixed wet woodland, a section of the Roddam Burn and a decent sized pond.
Previous botanical records ran to 177 species and the recorders included Professor Swan, a chap from the BSBI's current national committee and the County Botanical Recorder for Durham. Despite the fact that we were in only a small strip of this varied tetrad we still managed to find 51 species that are additions to the existing list. I shan't try to list the species, but look out for the short Field Trip report in the July Newsletter.