|The Eyebrook Reservoir draw-down zone.|
During the last vascular plant field meeting this year at Eyebrook Reservoir, the eagle-eyed botanists Louise Marsh and Uta Hamzaoui found some plants of Frog Rush (Juncus ranarius) lurking in the upper regions of the draw-down zone.
A diminutive species, this is only the second confirmed record for this species in the county, following on from Andy Lear's find in 2011 at Rutland Water. It is similar to Toad Rush (Juncus bufonius), but has rounded to emargintae inner tepals and a capsule with a truncate apex, as long as the inner tepals.
So, another seaside plant that we can expect to find in VC55 to add to the growing list of coastal species that are being recorded on salted roadside. No need to take a trip to Skegness any more, the coast (well, its vegetation at least) is coming to us.
Peter Stroh (Cambridge Botanic Garden) recently told me that Sea Barley (Hordeum marinum) has been recorded in Northants (VC32). And I have heard tales of Thrift (Armeria maritima) being found inland on roadsides...
So, keep looking and expect the unexpected. You never know what you might find.