Quarry Field Conservation Task

A sunny, busy day with many out for their daily constitutional Next, some scrub-bashing – removal of encroaching elm suckers. Before … And after … The meadow restored All the better for wild-flowers Well done folks Advertisements

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 […]

Bradlaugh Fields in the Northamptonshire Natural History Society Newsletter

In a combined meeting on Sunday 14th June over thirty NNHS Botanical Section members and various local friends of Bradlaugh Fields came to hear the University of Northampton’s Professor of Biodiversity Jeff Ollerton give us an insight into bees, flowers, pollination and the natural history of the Quarry Field and the unfortunately mis-named Scrub Field […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #34 Scarlet Pimpernel

One of the few native plants that has red flowers, the scarlet pimpernel, or shepherd’s weatherglass from its action of closing up when the sky clouds over, is quite unmistakable. It’s related to the cowslip and the primrose and like the latter it has five petals and a darker-coloured centre. The neat little light-green leaves […]

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 […]