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Wildlife of the Week – Sawfly

You might notice around the site or at home some trees that have had some of their leaves completely nibbled away.  While there are lots of bugs and beasties that can be responsible for this, some of the main culprits are sawfly caterpillars. Sawflies, like many insects, start from eggs that hatch into caterpillars, and then spin cocoons before they [...]

Wildlife of the Week – Sawfly2021-07-22T14:08:44+01:00

Wildflower of the Week – Stinging Nettles

Often called common nettle, stinging nettle or nettle leaf, it is a familiar and common plant. This may not be a plant that you want in your garden but it is hugely beneficial to wildlife.  A very common plant, the stinging nettle can be found growing in gardens, hedgerows, fields, woodlands and many other habitats.  Its preference for damp, fertile and [...]

Wildflower of the Week – Stinging Nettles2021-07-20T15:31:55+01:00

Wildfood of the Week – Tree Spinach

Tree spinach has eye-catching bright magenta leaves with almost sparkly growing tips. Plants can grow up to 2m tall, hence the name Tree spinach. This vigorous plant can be harvested as a cut and come again leaf from 25cm tall. Easy to grow, adds columns of height and colour to the veg garden. Yields are high and the plants aren’t [...]

Wildfood of the Week – Tree Spinach2021-07-05T16:18:52+01:00

Yellow Rattle – Wildflower of the Week

Known as ‘the meadow maker’ or ‘nature’s lawnmower’, yellow rattle is the single most important plant you need to establish when creating a wildflower meadow. Yellow-rattle has yellow, tube-like flowers protruding from an inflated, green calyx, which appear May to September. It has ser rated leaves with heavy, dark veins, which sprout opposite each other all the way up the [...]

Yellow Rattle – Wildflower of the Week2021-07-05T15:18:40+01:00

Wildflower of the Week – Meadow & Creeping Buttercups

This is the buttercup you’re most likely to pick and hold under your chin to see if you like butter!   Buttercups are widespread and common perennial plants found in meadows and pastures, parks, gardens and at woodland edges. But can you tell the difference between these two types of buttercup? Meadow buttercup is a tall and stately perennial flower, flowering [...]

Wildflower of the Week – Meadow & Creeping Buttercups2021-07-05T15:11:31+01:00

Wildflower of the Week – Cowslip

Cowslip is an attractive flowering plant found in meadows and on woodland floors. The leaves are dark green and wrinkled, and quite wide but narrow towards the end. They grow in a basal rosette formation. Th e flowers are bright yellow, bell-shaped flowers that have five petals. The flowers are enclosed by a long, green, tube-shaped calyx (protective flower casing) and [...]

Wildflower of the Week – Cowslip2021-07-05T15:03:44+01:00

Wildflower of the Week – Night Flowering Catchfly

Night-flowering catchfly is a medium height annual similar in appearance to white campion but covered with sticky hairs (hence the common name catchfly), and with more deeply notched petals. The flowers also differ in colour being white or pink on top and creamy yellow on the back. The petals remain rolled up in the day opening out in the evening [...]

Wildflower of the Week – Night Flowering Catchfly2021-05-11T12:29:03+01:00

Wildflower of the Week – Greater StitchWort

Greater stitchwort is a perennial plant that grows to 1metre in height with larger flowers (2-3cm across) than its relative, Lesser stitchwort (0.5-1cm across). This beautiful spreading carpet is happiest in woodland areas, hedgerows and grassy banks but will also makes itself at home in our gardens too. Flowers can be seen from April to June.  Nature Honeybees, butterflies and [...]

Wildflower of the Week – Greater StitchWort2021-05-04T15:10:33+01:00

Devils Bit Scabious

Devil’s bit scabious is a clump-forming perennial, growing slowly and spreading into sizeable patches of broad, lance-shaped leaves. The flower stems arise in late summer, to produce clouds of flowers above the foliage. These are best described as perfect little pincushions, tight domes of tiny flowers with their little stigmas sticking out. Opening from July until October. In the wild, [...]

Devils Bit Scabious2021-04-28T13:00:10+01:00
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