So it wasn’t the best day to go to the London Wetland Centre – well, not if the objective was birdwatching. Too many people, plus the hides were closed. I’m not here for birding though – today it’s all about plants.

While this site is completely artificial, the plants are still really interesting – thanks to the work of Richard Bullock, Biodiversity Officer at WWT – and it’s a great place for me to practice identifying grasses, sedges and rushes. I’m taking a botany exam in July and I need the practice.

The early season grasses are beginning to flower and I found lovely Sweet Vernal Grass growing on the roof of one of the hides alongside what I think was White Sedum.