A new population of Creeping Marshwort Helosciaidum repens was discovered at Nuns Bridges, Thetford in 2020 following digging work carried out to create a new wild flower meadow. The site becomes the third extant native population of this rare species in the UK. A quadrat survey in September 2020 produced an estimate of around 18,000 plants on the site; the majority of these were seedlings but many flowering and fruiting plants were also present.
A lifelong birder, I work as a Research Ecologist for the British Trust for Ornithology. I began botanising around 15 years ago and for the last eight years I have done more botanising than birding in my spare time. As well as BSBI survey work such as Atlas 2020, I also undertake survey work monitoring Breckland specialities for the Breckland Flora Group.