A lot goes on down at the level of our feet in the Reserve.
The Common Woodrush, Luzula meridionalis, can be found in a range of areas and seems to tolerate times of wet and dry. These are graceful plants which can be seen along various paths in the Reserve. The L.meridionalise var. flaccida, below, is beginning to provide more extensive cover in some areas where our Quaking Grass (Briza maxima) removal is starting to show results.
After flowering, the Woodrush produces shiny seeds held in a cluster.
These are popular with ants. Here, the major worker of a local Pheidole species of ant, is working hard to secure the ripe seed of another Luzula variety, L.meridionalis var. densiflora.