Duncan’s work took him out surveying in North Northumberland and amongst the areas that were looked at was an old mill-pond. The dam and old sluice marked out the pond end but the rest of the site was now a wet area which was slowly developing into an interesting habitat for wildlife. Most of the site was dominated by rushes but there were also large clumps of Sphagnum moss to be found and lawns of Polytrichum commune moss. This moss looks a little like Sphagnum but it has solid stems and does not hold water in the same efficient way that Sphagnum does. At one part of the site the circular fleshy leaves of marsh pennywort (Hydrocotyle vulgaris) sprawled everywhere while cotton grasses and other sedges were common in the wetter centre. Birch was also growing well and it might be a battle between the bog formation and the birch growth as to what habitat the pond turns into; birch woodland most likely. It was an interesting little area demonstrating the succession of plants and the habitats that they help make up.
Adjacent to the site, in an area that was also being surveyed but held little of interest, a barn seemed to battle to keep its own roof aloft. It was a structure to be avoided, especially when the wind strengthened.