Plant records from 1992 - 2017 cover Trees, Shrubs, Ferns, Grasses and
The Trees frame the Fen and have associate species of moss, lichens, fungi
and invertebrates. The native species have far more associate species than
non-natives. Some natives are missing from the site and there is the potential
to add in some useful species such as native black poplar, goat willow,
oak and alder to improve biodiversity for associates. Unmanaged tree spread
into some areas of the fen needs to be prevented.
Shrubs make a useful bridge between the woodland and other Fen habitats
and even bramble is useful for food and cover.
Cornus sibiricais a non-native and invasive shrub which needs to
be contained but it gives valuable cover and protection to other species
including mosses, birds, small mammals and even fish.
Records for grasses are probably under-represented but it is clear with
the drying of the Fen vigorous tough species have outcompeted more fragile
ones. Bamboo is an alien exotic which we aim to remove.
Vascular plants also include non-native invasive Japanese Knotweed and
Himalayan Balsam. It is hoped that a still viable seed bank of native vascular
species may survive and regenerate under favourable conditions, particularly
re- wetting of the grassland and ditches. Colonisation from the adjacent
Cobb Meadows may also occur in wet fen meadows.
Crack willow (above centre)
Southern beech sp
Cornus alba Sibirica
Greater Tussock sedge
Lesser pond sedge
Water Crowfoot (above - top right)
Yellow Iris (above -top left)