Rutland Water, Rutland
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.
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