Meadows Are Looking Magnificent
It's the height of the meadow season and many of Plantlife's reserves are ablaze with wild flowers. With National Meadow's Day round the corner (this Saturday 7 July - check out what's on here) we thought we'd share some of the gorgeous views...
The spectacular, but all-too-brief, blaze of common spotted orchids (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) is now past its best at Plantlife’s Joan’s Hill Farm in Herefordshire; but there is still plenty of colour as purple knapweed (Centaurea sp.) takes over, along with masses of ox-eye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) and some lovely, old meadow indicators such as dyer’s greenweed (Genista tinctoria).
As part of the Upton in Bloom programme 2018, Plantlife teamed up with the Kemerton Conservation Trust on Sunday to lead a ‘Meadow Flora Walk’ for local residents. We saw lots of classic floodplain meadow flowers including meadow rue (Thalictrum flavum), narrow-leaved water-dropwort (Oenanthe silaifolia) and masses of great burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis) - seen here in a photograph taken by Kate Aubury, with the Upton on Severn parish church in the background.
We met with Lydia Blake of Sustrans at our Skylark Meadows reserve in Somerset last week and discussed using seed from the meadows to enhance the verges of nearby cycle paths. The meadows were in full bloom with lots of corky-fruited water-dropwort (Oenanthe pimpinelloides) in amongst the knapweed and ox-eye daisies.
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