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Talkin Tarn, near Brampton

Marsh Orchid, East Chevington © NHSN

Sunday 11 June, 11am

Talkin Tarn is a small lake in a hollow among mounds of sand and gravel left by the decaying ice sheet. Join Professor John Richards to circumnavigate the lake (good footpaths), about two miles. There is a good mix of habitats including wet meadows with orchids, aquatics (including the rare Elatine hexandra), heathland with Bog Whortleberry Vaccinium uliginosum, and woodland with a well-known population of Sword-leaved Helleborine Cephalanthera longifolia. There are also interesting dragonflies and birds.

Meet at the Talkin Tarn car park (NY544591) at 11 am. This is brown signposted from the A69 Brampton bypass. There is a charge for the car park. Bring a picnic lunch.