Water provides very different conditions for plants from dry land. Aquatic plants are often ‘plastic’ i.e. very variable in response to depth and flow. They have a reputation for being difficult to identify. Yet they include some of the most beautiful flowers in our region, as well as inhabiting special habitat like rivers, drains, ponds and lakes (or flooded pits). Owen will seek to demystify aquatic plants and introduce the group to those that occur in our region.
Working for 40 years as a plant ecologist, mostly at Monks Wood, Owen’s research focused on transport routes, on wetlands and on combining productive agriculture with effective conservation. Now retired, he divides his time between researching and writing about the Fenland and working on conservation projects in his other home of Romania.