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Woodland flowers of the Wye Valley; Pignut (Conopodium majus)

Pignut is one of the least spectacular members of the Umbellifers.  The large family of Umbellifers includes the very familiar Cow Parsley and Hogweed amongst many others. 409 more words

Woodland Wildflowers

Woodland flowers of the Wye valley; Yellow Archangel (Lamium galeobdolon)

Yellow Archangel is one of the classic woodland wildflowers. By that I mean it is very much associated with ancient woodland sites.

I have some growing in my section of Ninewells wood, unfortunately it has variegated leaves and is almost certainly and escapee from local gardens.  445 more words

Woodland Wildflowers

Woodland wildflowers of the Wye Valley; Herb Paris (Paris quadrifolia)

Herb Paris is an odd looking plant, it has just four leaves which are aligned opposite each other in two pairs, thus Paris, so nothing to do with the capital of France. 348 more words

Woodland Wildflowers


Paris quadrifolia is its scientific name and you’d think quadrifolia would mean this plant had four leaves but no one told the plant that! Herb-Paris… 198 more words


Ancient woodlands and woodland memories: dreams of re-wilding, from Dartmoor to Caledonia

While on a field trip to Dartmoor last term, on a cold and windy day, we were all very relieved to be able to shelter in Wistman’s Wood. 1,322 more words

Hairs tail Cotton-grass (Eriophorum vaginatum)

Yesterday (27/04/2017) I was checking out my bit of woodland and came across this little pant. I guessed that it was some sort of cotton-grass but it was not like the stuff I am familiar with from bogs in Wales or indeed one or two I used to visit in Norfolk. 476 more words

Ninewells Wood

The Bluebell *

The Bluebell*

A fine and subtle spirit dwells
In every little flower,
Each one its own sweet feeling breathes
With more or less of power. … 267 more words