Once again it was volunteer Tuesday at Farlington Marshes and we were catching up with various odd jobs, mostly around thistle spudding and ragwort digging, but also including trimming around the entrance gates, clearing sluices and doing the butterfly transects.
There was also a group from Portsmouth Grammar School on site and I had to let them in through the height barrier and as I waited I had a look at the patch of disturbed grass by the entrance, it has a varied flora to say the least. I got a few pictures of some of them. Pale flax is one that is commonest on bare ground near the sea, but you will not see it on the reserve proper.
Others are plants of bare ground all over the place, although not many patches have quite such a range of species.
As is often the way they include some that seem to have got out of gardens as I think this allium must have.
There are also some plants that have probably been brought in, possibly with imported soil.
There were even a couple of bee orchid, although these do seem to pop up in all sorts of odd places.
This was not the only orchid I came across today, when we were ragwort digging in the Bushes we found a pyramidal orchid just coming into flower.