Blanket Weed

We went for a ride out yesterday afternoon and I thought we’d have a look at  Budby Flash. All was not well.

The smell should have alerted me, a very ripe and festering cabbagey sort of smell. However, it didn’t, and as I scanned the pond, looking at a few apathetic mallard, it was Julia’s observation from the other side of the bridge that alerted me to the full horror of the situation –  “I don’t think the Kingfisher will be diving into this lot!”

I had a look at the other side of the Flash, and was amazed at what I saw – acres of blanket weed. Thick weed, too, not just a light covering but swathes of weed several inches thick.

In the distance a Moorhen was actually walking on the weed instead of swimming.

It’s a hazard to fish,  though the few we saw seemed healthy enough, and I’m not sure what, if anything anyone will do about it. So there you are – a useless report, which proves that facts, though factual, are not necessarily interesting.

I could use that as a subtitle.

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Blanket Weed

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Blanket Weed

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Vile Vista of Blanket Weed

Geese coming in to land - Budby Flash

Geese coming in to land – Budby Flash

12 thoughts on “Blanket Weed

  1. charliecountryboy

    Yeah, it’s horrible, but does it serve a purpose? I though nature had that thing where everything had a place? We have a Nature Stream at the bottom of the garden. (That’s what it said on the details when we w bought the house, it is in fact a drain 😂) It gets covered in the stuff and the ‘boss’ gets me to rake it off. And you think your post was pointless 😂😂😂

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    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Next time you clear it how about trying it as a spinach replacement? Or soup? You could probably blog about it from hospital after the stomach pump.

      I think it’s one of those cases where nature is out of control due to too many farm chemicals.

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  2. arlingwoman

    Usually a bloom like that means farm run off or some other thing has put nutrients in the water that shouldn’t be there. Grk. Farm country here is notorious for over-fertilizing and runoff…

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