Our aim is to improve the environment around Woodlands View and make it more inviting to wild life and visitors. As we fence off more of the area from the sheep, we are finding that wild flowers and plants flourish, which in turn attracts an increasing number of insects, birds and larger animals. The most common plants are the ones that the sheep find the least tasty!

Some people turn their noses up at our wild areas and suggest that they are just areas for weeds.  We believe that weeds are only plants growing somewhere that they are not wanted, such as a Dandelion plant amongst a vegetable patch. Our wild flowers are loved and wanted, providing important habitats for insects and small animals. For example, our nettles are a good food source for the caterpillars of peacock and small tortoiseshell butterflies. We see butterflies, flies and bees feeding on the flowers of the thistle plants, foxgloves, clover and dandelions. Since South Woodlands was fenced off, the nettles and thistles have grown like mad.  Some of the thistles grow taller than Nettie! It is early days yet but we will keep you updated with what we find.

 

 

  Some of the common plant species            
Common Name Grasses Common Rush Common Nettle Creeping Thistle Spear Thistle Welted Thistle Foxglove
Botanic Name Various Juncus effusus Urtica dioica Cirsium arvense Cirsium vulgare Carduus crispus Digitalis purpurea
  We have noticed an increase in these plants when the sheep are elsewhere            
Common Name White Clover Dandelion Meadow Buttercup Greater Plantain Common Mouse-ear Selfheal Sheep's Sorrel
Botanic Name Trifolium repens Taraxacum officinale Ranunculus acris Plantago major Cerastium fontanum Prunella vulgaris Rumex acetosella
  Other plants are starting to appear            
Common Name Rosebay Willowherb Pineapple Weed Liverwort Stichwort Hawkweed Yarrow Lady's Smock
Botanic Name Chamerion angustifolium Matricaria discoidea Hepatica Stellaria Holostea Hieracium Achillea millefolium Cardamine pratensis
  Latest additions          
Common Name Musk Mallow            
Botanic Name Malva moschata            

 

 

 

Not all these plants will last as the trees will get taller and shade them out, but it is lovely to see them, especially when they are in flower and easier to identify.  We are fairly confident that we have named these plants correctly but please feel free to let us know if we have made a mistake!  We also have lots of other wild flowers that we are unsure about identifying correctly so if you spot anything new, please tell us and we can add it to the list. Images of newly identified plants can be found in the gallery below, which will be updated as and when they are found.