The cattle have almost finished grazing the riverbank section of the south marsh entrance. Hilary Road Field, shown here, is the next grazing challenge. This boggy field is full of thick, tough grasses and reeds. The water level has been lowered to make things easier for the cattle. I’ll check that the field boundary fences are secure and move them in next Tuesday or Wednesday. Tuesday’s weather is forcast as sunny with temperatures upto 32C and, perhaps, big thunder storms Tuesday night.
The marsh flora includes numerous species which are rare or uncommon in Worcestershire, notably Marsh Cinquefoil, Marsh Pennywort Hydrocotyle vulgaris, Fen Bedstraw Galium uliginosum, Marsh Valerian Valeriana dioica, Marsh Arrowgrass Triglochin palustris, Lesser Reedmace, Sea Club-rush Scirpus maritimus, Star Sedge Carex echinata and Lesser Tussock Sedge. The tall fen vegetation in the centre of the site has an especially rich flora with an abundance of Lesser Water Parsnip, Great Water Dock and commoner tall helophytes. Parts of the neutral grassland have an abundance of Southern Marsh Orchid.
Pollarded Crack Willow Salix fragilis and White Willow S.alba line some of the ditches. The two main areas of carr woodland are dominated by Alder Alnus glutinosa and Crack Willow. Scrub, mainly of Grey Sallow Salix cinerea, has begun to invade marshy grassland near some of the carr.