Muddy Waters – Ponds or Puddles?

At this time of year you will see a little water running down the hill naturally. Come Summer this will completely dry away. This path needs more wood-chips laying down if people are to be able to access Bradlaugh Fields properly!

Mowing the Meadows at Bradlaugh Fields: Day 2

The Thursday started with some dark clouds, but soon turned sunny and volunteers sweltered in the heat, labouring hard to rake up and remove the piles of vegetation cut down by Wildlife Trust staff with strimmers. Even after the day before, there was so much still to do up on ‘Scrub’ Field and Orchid Bank, […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #54 Dyer’s Rocket, Greenweed or Weld

Rocket is an appropriate name for this plant, which shoots up from a low rosette of shiny green leaves in early Spring to a greenish-yellow flower-spike as much as 6 feet tall by its June or July flowering time; as seen pioneering here on the newly excavated Blisworth limestone next to Holton’s Lane ancient hedgerow […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #9 Dandelion and Pollinator Bees

Here’s another flower we underestimate, along with the daisy, because it is so commonly seen. Yet imagine if these great golden flowers were rare? We would no doubt spend hours trying to cultivate them! Dandelions‘ peak flowering period is from March to May and they are a crucial lifeline for bees searching for food as […]