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Winter wildflower hunt, 31 December

On 1 January 2018 the Friends of Brockwell Park and the South London Botanical Institute held a winter wildflower hunt in the Park, and managed to find 31 species of wild plants in flower.

We will repeat this event on Monday 31 December, meeting at the clock tower, near Brockwell Hall, at 11 a.m. and spending about 90 minutes following roughly the same route.  Similar events will be held elsewhere as part of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland’s eighth annual New Year Plant Hunt.

No botanical expertise is required, but the more pairs of eyes we have the more plants we are likely to spot.  All are welcome.

Report:  About 14 people turned up to spend about 90 minutes wandering around the Park and recording what was in flower.  Although we followed roughly the same route as we did last winter we were able to find only 29 species this time, two fewer than we found on 1 January.  A notable absentee was hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta),  but we were able to record all three common species of deadnettle: white deadnettle (Lamium album), henbit deadnettle (L. amplexicaule) and red deadnettle (Galium purpureum).  As a result of a collection at the end of the walk £33.75 was contributed to the SLBI.  Thank you everyone!

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