Sunday 5 July, 10.30am-3pm
From West Hotbank we will walk east, and then southwest, to Caw Lough where we will see rich fen vegetation with 15 or more sedges. These include Lesser Tussock-sedge (Carex diandra) and Slender Sedge (C. lasiocarpa). We should also see Grey Club-rush (Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani), several orchids and much else. In the afternoon we will return to the farm and then down to the boardwalk in Greenlee Nature Reserve where there is a good range of sedges and pondweeds and we will try to relocate Greater Bladderwort (Utricularia vulgaris), last recorded in 1982.
Park at West Hotbank Farm (grid ref NY767693 or postcode NE47 7AR). It is approached by turning north off the Military road (B6318) at Once Brewed Visitor Centre, take first right towards Gibbs Hill and then right to Gallowshield Rigg and Bonnyrigg Hall, continuing to West Hotbank. This is mostly a surfaced road, ignore private road signs. Parking is rather limited so please car-share if you can. Bring lunch.
Leader: Prof John Richards