Mowing the Meadows

Once again a fine day for the yearly mow, starting with the Orchid Bank Scabious flower First cut … then remove … A moving haystack Tomorrow the team will be in the Hills and Hollows, meeting at the Morrisons entrance around 9.45am   Advertisements

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

First Flowers

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

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #64 Red Bartsia

Although this plant has been flowering for a month or two already, it’s about this time of year that Red Bartsia starts to become conspicuous, especially in trodden-down areas and by the side of paths and trackways. More pink than red, it is like its cousin Yellow Rattle in the shape of its flowers and […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #63 Common Restharrow

These pink and white pea-like flowers belong to the Common Restharrow, so called because the wiry plant used to tangle up in agricultural machinery, like harrows, and stop them working. It grows in open fields and grassy places and like all the Pea and Bean family it has a fertilising effect on the soil. The […]

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 #61 Small Scabious

Small Scabious flourishes especially well in the dry, bare stony soil of the Hills and Hollows where the topsoil was scraped away to give wild-flowers a chance against the aggressive grasses that otherwise dominate where there is no grazing or mowing to remove nutrients. The attractive powder-blue flowers are lightly sweet-scented and a real magnet […]

Busy for Beetles in the Hills and Hollows

Here’s a pair of Common Red Soldier Beetles busy making baby beetles amongst the flowers of the Hills and Hollows at Bradlaugh Fields. No wonder there’s so many of them! They are especiallly fond of hanging out on Thistle and, as here, Umbellifer flowers, the ones in the photo belonging to the Upright Hedge Parsley […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #60 Field Bindweed or Devil’s Garters

If this lovely candy-striped flower belonged to a less successful plant it would probably be a garden favourite, as quite a number of its close relatives, such as Morning Glory, already are. Field Bindweed, however, can grow and compete well in most places, and against most other plants, although it’s not as large and aggressive […]