Apple Blossom Time at Bradlaugh Fields

Now is the prime time for enjoying the apple blossom on the dozens of apple trees all over the park, from Hills and Hollows all the way up to Quarry Field … The pink and white flowers have five petals and look – and smell – quite like roses, which is no coincidence. Apples are […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #20 Dove’s Foot Cranes-bill

Known as cranesbills because of their way of dispersing their seeds and therefore the shape of the seed-head, this member of the geranium family gets its other name “dove’s foot” from the shape of its soft leaves. It is generally quite a small and low-growing plant, especially here on the Hills and Hollows where the […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #19 Bulbous Buttercup

With this a record-breaking warm April the flowers are really getting ahead of themselves everywhere including on Bradlaugh Fields. The first of the buttercups are starting to appear, here on the Hills and Hollows for example, with field mouse-ear flowering above it and the conifers by the Morrisons’ entrance in the background: Buttercups look very […]

Wild flowers of Bradlaugh Fields #18 Lady’s Smock or Cuckoo Flower

Also found in a patch scattered over quite an area of the old school playing field near the Moulton Park Estate, are the pinky white or mauve flowers that are called variously milkmaids, lady’s smock, cuckoo-flower, which is related to wallflowers and less obviously perhaps, to cabbages and broccoli, though if you have ever seen […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #17 Slender Speedwell

Seen here growing in a mound on the old school playing field with a copse in the background near the entrance to the present Moulton Park Estate is another speedwell with blue and white flowers, very pretty, although it is not native you’ll find it completely naturalised in many places including lawns.

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #16 Meadow Foxtail

The first grass that I’ve seen starting to flower here this year is meadow foxtail in the Hills and Hollows valley: The young flower spikes are silky-looking, quite distinctive and the nutritious leaves can provide a good early bite for grazing animals.

Out and About: this April in Bradlaugh Fields

The fields are alive; buzzing, bustling, calling and singing with all manner of creatures. Listen for the yaffle call of the green woodpecker (hear it on this Youtube video) and hear it knock-knock-knocking in the woods. The usually quiet and shy jays are chasing each other around the taller trees and, over all, the buzzard […]

Bradlaugh Fields Spring Clean this Saturday 25th April

The next opportunity to help keep Bradlaugh Fields as lovely as we all like to find it, is this Saturday April 25th, meeting 10.30 am inside the entrance at the top of Aintree Road. We’ll be picking litter around the nature reserve and paths, and looking forward to the summer we can be thinking whether […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #15 Field Mouse-ear

This flower, which I’ve only so far found on one anthill in the Hills and Hollows, looks a lot like its relative, greater stitchwort, or the garden plant dusty miller (aka snow-in-summer) but the leaves are smaller, hairier, and a dark-green so I’d say it is most likely to be field mouse-ear. What do you […]