I spent today on a workshop practising identifying grasses and sedges. They aren’t the easiest things to identify, as they pretty much all have tiny green flowers, but once you get the hang of how they are put together (and learn a bit of vocabulary, so the books make sense) they aren’t too bad at all. Honestly. 🙂
We went out for a walk round the nature reserve (bit of Juneathon activity in there!), and found a wide range of grasses and sedges. I’ll see if I can list them, to see how many we found.
Couch, Perennial rye-grass, Rough meadow-grass, Annual meadow-grass, Yorkshire fog, Red fescue, Floating sweet-grass, Cock’s-foot, Barren brome, Soft brome, False brome, Yellow oat-grass, False oat-grass, Tufted hair-grass, Sweet vernal-grass, Creeping soft-grass, Wood millet, a Bent-grass and Crested dog’s-tail. 19 grasses!
Pale sedge, Pendulous sedge, Remote sedge, Oval sedge, Spiked sedge and Wood sedge. 6 sedges
And on the way home I also found Hairy brome and Glaucous sedge.
The biggest problem is that it is so hard to remember the distinguishing features from one year to the next, so with the sedges I have to start from the beginning again every year. Grasses seem easier, but that’s probably because I started getting familiar with them when I was younger, so it’s harder for my memory to lose them. I grew up on the North Downs and it wasn’t really the right place to find many sedges – too dry.