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I'd go for Myosotis - put it on. Not sure about the species though.
I'm hoping to get the chance to see this plant again. What should I look for and/or measure to aid in its identification?
in focus phtographs would help - and if you buy a standard flora such as Clive Stace's New Flora of the British Isles or Francis Rose's Wild flower key they would help for UK. In Germany they have some very good photofloras suhc as Haeupler & Muer Bildatlas der farn- und Blutenpflanzen Deutschlands
Thanks Tim. I appreciate now that I need to get a better camera than the one I have! It has a macro mode but it's a bit hit and miss to be honest. Thanks also for the references. I've uploaded a further photo that I took of the plant today and some comments on its form. Hopefully that may help with the identification...
balance of probabilities with the new picture is arvensis
Hairy plant. Individual stems, creeping before rising. Leaves alternate with brown tips. Lower leaves and bottom of stem brown. Up to 20cm tall, leaves up to 2cm, flowers 2mm.
Now confirmed as Myosotis arvensis by local expert.
Lat/Lng: 53.08, 8.81