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Plants and fungi

Sea aster Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Sea aster
Scarlet pimpernel Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Scarlet pimpernel
The park is contains many species of plants and fungi within is 125 acres, some of which are locally or nationally scarce.

Much of the park is dominated by scrub which consists mainly of hawthorn and blackthorn, with some elder, privet and dogwood. Under this canopy can be found some smaller plants such as dog violets and cuckoo pint.

There are areas of meadow grassland where wild flowers such as bird's foot trefoil, red bartsia, ox eye daisy, and Yellow-wort can be found. There have been 2 species of orchid recorded in recent years: common spotted and pyramidal. Green winged orchids was once recorded here and it is hoped with the recent habitat management it will now return.

There is also another important botanical habitat in the saltmarsh, where salt tolerant specialists like sea aster, sea lavender and thrift grow.

There are plenty of aquatic species in the ponds and ditches such as starwort, water lily, flag iris, bog bean and water crowfoot.  

There are a number of fungi species to be found in the park.  Various lichens grow on the hawthorn and toadstools like shaggy parasol Lepota rhisode and shaggy ink cap can be found in autumn.Common spotted orchid Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Common spotted orchid

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