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Rutland Water, Rutland

Fri 26 August 2022
Rutland Water
LE15 8BP
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Leader: Geoffrey Hall

Meet at 10:30 at the Rutland Water Volunteer Centre (SK883083) off the road between Oakham and Upper Hambleton. Please bring lunch, a drink and wellies.”

Rutland Water was constructed in the period 1971-1975, and has been modified several times since then. The reservoir site is managed for tourism, especially nature tourism, and was designated a SSSI, a SPAC and is a RAMSAR wetland site. The western end is managed by The Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust, who have given us permission to visit some of the areas from which the public are normally excluded. We will visit some of the newer lagoons, where there are substantial populations of Nodding Bur-marigold Bidens cernua, Trifid Bur-marigold Bidens tripartita and Golden Dock Rumex maritimus on the islands. There are smaller populations of Mudwort Limosella aquatica, Grey Club -rush Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani and Orange Foxtail Alopecurus aequalis, along with many more common plants associated with marsh and drawdown habitats. In the past Juncus ranarius and Round-fruited Rush J. compressus have been recorded here, but they are becoming more scarce as the site becomes more vegetated, particularly by the invasive alien New Zealand Pygmy Weed Crassula helmsii. Depending on time, we will also have a chance to see some of the inland parts of the lagoon, where there is Stone Parsley Sison amomum and a bewildering selection of Willows.

To book, contact Janet John wfs.meetings@gmail.com or phone 01753 884490

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Important information about One Day Meeting

  • Field meetings are open to all members of the Society. Guests may also attend meetings. Children are welcome but remain the responsibility of parents/guardians at all times.
  • Leaders have received updated procedures and recommendations to ensure the safety of members on meetings with regard to Covid-19. These include maintaining social distancing and perhaps limiting numbers at a meeting depending on terrain.
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  • Please DO NOT bring dogs as many field meetings are held in nature reserves or where there are grazing animals. Registered guide dogs may be exempt from this requirement, unless they are prohibited by the landowners. Please check with the meeting organiser.
  • Transport and accommodation is the responsibility of the attendee. However, members who do not drive or who have difficulty in reaching the starting point should contact the leader, whose details you will be given when you book, to see if transport might be available.
  • Please arrive promptly for the meeting. If you have traffic problems let the leader know so they can advise on the route and how you can find the group.
  • When you arrive at the meeting, park considerately, act responsibly, bearing in mind the Countryside Code, and stay with the group. Always inform the leader if you must leave before the end of a meeting.
  • Packed lunches are usually required and need to be carried.
  • All those attending Wild Flower Society field meetings do so at their own risk.
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