But after the first group (of 29) we encountered an unfortunate dearth of rare plants. Nothing. For hours. And this isn’t one of those “just after we’d given up we found loads” stories. We didn’t find anything all day. That’s nature for you really. You don’t always find what you want and in a way that’s part of its beauty. It’s also pretty annoying but silver linings and all.
Finally I managed to see some more of the Bird’s Nest. Not at volunteering, but while walking the dog. My parents showed me the patches that they’d found, which had apparently been conveniently marked with sticks but oh well. I saw them at last even if the wardens didn’t. And learned a valuable lesson about the fickleness of mother nature.