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

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.

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 #43 Fumitory

With its delicate, pale green lacy foliage and pink and purple tubular flowers (close-up here), Fumitory resembles the related ornamental Bleeding Heart plant seen in gardens.  It has been used by herbalists, and the flowers can give a yellow dye for wool. Fumitory is very much a plant of disturbed ground and you’ll often see […]

Bradlaugh Fields June Meadows’ Walk

The fields were alive today as over thirty Northamptonshire Naturalists and Friends of Bradlaugh Fields came to hear Professor Jeff Ollerton from the University of Northampton give us an insight into bees, flowers, pollination and the natural history of the Quarry Field and ‘Scrub’ Field Wildlife Trust Reserve. We found out that plants, despite their […]

Walk in the Meadows Sunday June 14th

This Sunday there’s a great opportunity to find out more about the wildlife that flourishes at Bradlaugh Fields. Jeff Ollerton, professor of biodiversity at the University of Northampton will be leading a walk round the wildflower meadows in the Nature Reserve, looking especially at the relationships between flowering plants and their pollinators; bees, hoverflies and […]

The More the Merrier

What a joy to see and hear a flock of starlings up at Quarry Field yesterday, for two reasons. Firstly they always sound so cheerful and full of life to me; with their chattering, trills, clicks and swooping calls from on high, not for nothing are they collectively described as a ‘murmuration’ or even an […]

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 […]

Today’s Task: Cutting back Blackthorn

As the cows look on we tackle the spiny blackthorn suckers that invade the meadow from a small thicket. If not stopped by grazing, mowing or cutting, these thorny bushes would take over before long! In the past, traditional farming management meant that they were always kept at bay because of grazing by sizeable flocks […]