Blackthorn, or it’s fruity relative the Wild Plum, is one of the earliest wildflowers to blossom at Bradlaugh Fields
Fresh catkins are out, while the fallen Poplar branch from the Autumn gales is nothing more than a pile of twigs now. And what a scar is left on the tree!
In the meadow next to the golf-course, what is this dear little canary-yellow mushroom, any ideas? LBJ? Looks like sticky desiccated coconut. Myxomycete perhaps?
A young naturally self-sown Field Maple turning beautifully golden in the centre. (Note the large oak sapling with dead, brown leaves to the left is one of twenty-four inadvisedly planted at the expense of thousands of pounds of public money one year ago this month. Only six or so still remain alive, the rest appear […]
These pretty fungi are increasingly rare to find nowadays, because their habitat is “unimproved” grassland, ie grassland that hasn’t had fertilisers tipped all over it. The Waxcap Conservation website says: Waxcaps need short turf (i.e. regularly mown or grazed), no fertiliser or lime input and no disturbance, e.g. ploughing or reseeding … To conserve Lawn […]
Plenty of info to find out more about these cryptic creatures at the National Moth Night website and the Moth Count newsletter (PDF) What is going on here in Northamptonshire? The Moths of Northamptonshire website has news … If you’d like to take part in future moth events at Bradlaugh Fields then please get in […]
Bright and beautiful, a blaze of colour in the summer, Yellow Toadflax is another wild plant that’s good enough to have in any garden, especially liking dry locations like this bank in the Hills and Hollows. They look very like the popular garden flower called Snapdragon. The shape of the flowers, also resembles the Deadnettles […]
The Harebell for stainless azure hue, Claims to be worn by none but who are true These delicate bell-shaped flowers seem to dance joyfully above their surrounding dry, nutrient-poor grassland habitat. By flowering time the little leaves have almost withered away. If you are very lucky also, you may see an insect unique to Bellflowers […]
It is a mistake to think too badly of this plant as it can bring great benefits to other wildlife, feeding butterflies – Marbled White seen in the photo above – and bees with its nectar as well as nourishing many more on its leaves and stems. With proper management, Creeping Thistle will not get […]
A vigorous sprawling plant with pale yellow or cream flowers and contrasting red stems, the Wild Liquorice is quite rarely found now as its rough grassland habitat is increasingly lost to agricultural intensification and concrete. At Bradlaugh Fields, however, it flourishes still for all to enjoy.