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Wildflower Walk

Wednesday, April 29th 2015

Today was the monthly wildflower survey at Foxglove. This meant eight volunteers braved the icy winds and dodged the showers to carefully hunt around the reserve and produce a list of all flowering plants seen. This survey is conducted monthly and provides us with a valuable and up-to-date record of the species we have on the reserve. This allows us to see changes through the year and from year to year. As spring progresses, so does the number of species flowering at Foxglove. Today we identified 36 species.

The Blackthorn bushes are now looking very pretty and providing a supply of nectar for hoverflies and bees.

A Flowering Currant bush was found, adding a splash of vivid colour to the reserve.

The Cowslips are flowering beautifully at present, filling the grassy banks with their little yellow heads.

Greater Stitchwort, with its five-petalled flowers, was seen for the first time this year. As they ripen, the seed capsules of these small white flowers can be heard popping later in the spring.

Thank you very much to everyone who gave their time this morning, sharing their knowledge of flowers to help complete the list.


 


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