The river banks along the Cerne near Charlton Down are almost impenetrable with thick mid-summer vegetation, dominated by the pink flowers of Great Willow Herb and the invasive Himalayan Balsam, as the adjacent fields have been stripped bare and ploughed after the barley harvest.

5 Replies to “Cerne Summer Riverside”

  1. Thanks, Angela. Thanks for the reminder that this is Great Willowherb not Hairy Willowherb which does not exist as a common name – as I always have in mind that it is called Epilobium hirsutum.

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  2. Last year I came across a patch of Himalayan Balsam with a notice beside it asking people to leave be because it was part of an experiment to see how invasive it is.

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