A wonderful day at the oldest RSBP reserve- Dungeness- today. As well as the now more common Little Egret, there were several of the rarer Great White Egret’s there today. TheGreat White Egrets don’t breed here but can turn up at almost any wetland in England, fishing in the same w
ay Heron’s do. Carline Thistles, which thrive on well-draining or chalky areas, were also in abundance at Dungeness. These short thistles always look ‘dead’. They are composite flowers, the tiny florets (small flowers) in the centre, are brown and surrounded by golden bracts which glisten in the sun. The bracts close over the florets in wet weather, to protect the flowers, and this habit has meant that Carline Thistles have long been used to predict humid or wet weather. These thistles have also been used medicinally, an oil used against infection and a decoction from the root used to clean wounds. Conditions: A dry, warm day. Temperature: Max 18- Min 12 C.