Common Water-plantain is very common in the marsh's ditches but Narrow-leaved Water-plantain only seems to occur some years and is of course much less common when it does. It is currently showing well in the northern most ditch on the marsh by Coppermill Lane, but will get sprayed along with the abundant Crassula helmsii at some point. I notice that it is and Essex RDB plant. I've no reason to think it isn't native here. Feel free to deflate me with my conclusions if you think I'm wrong.
Keeping with the marsh the Creeping Marshwort Apium repens is having another really excellent year and the Brookweed Samolus valerandi is on a new high too as I counted about 115 flowering plants today and there are probably a similar number of rosettes. These are at the opposite end of the marsh to Coppermil Lane. Now is a good time to visit, though it's worth letting the Rangers know you're doing so (Tel. 020 89887565) as it's a sensitive area and there are 7 cows, Belted Galloways, in the southern field now. There are of course plenty of other good plants to see.
Reagrds, David Miller