First Flowers

Blackthorn, or it’s fruity relative the Wild Plum, is one of the earliest wildflowers to blossom at Bradlaugh Fields Advertisements

St David’s, Kingsthorpe Mini Fungal Foray

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?

Autumn Leaves Turning Colour

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 […]

Waxcaps at Bradlaugh Fields

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 […]

Moth Night 2015: 10th – 12th September

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 […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #62 Yellow Toadflax

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 […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #55 the Harebell

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 […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #53 Creeping Thistle

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 […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #52 Wild Liquorice or Milkvetch

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.