Monday, 23 June 2014

Perennial Meadows in Bristol

Two of our most successful perennial meadows from last year, Horfield Common and Stoke Bishop Halls have burst into flower in the last two weeks and are now sporting a beautiful array of wildflowers.  

Perennial Meadow at Horfield Common, June 2014

Perennial Meadow at Stoke Bishop Halls, June 2014

At Horfield Common  the composition of flowers has changed greatly from last year.  In 2013 the meadow was awash with Ox-eye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) in the early stages, followed by Musk mallow (Malva moschata), Black knapweed (Centaurea nigra) and Carrot (Daucus carota).  This year there has been a more even spread of species across the meadow, with some such as Hedge woundwort (Stachys sylvatica) Field scabious (Knautia arvensis) and Lady's bedstraw (Galium verum) found throughout the meadow rather than in small, isolated patches.

At Stoke Bishop Halls the Birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) has spread across the meadow creating an explosion of yellow amongst the Ox-eye daisies.

Lady's bedstraw (Galium verum)
Rough hawkbit (Leontodon hispidus)
Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)  
Honeybee (Apis mellifera) 
Tufted vetch (Vicia cracca)
Birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
Hedge woundwort (Stachys sylvatica)
Red clover (Trifolium pratense)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris)
Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum
Honeybee (Apis mellifera)
A hoverfly on Carrot (Daucus carota)
Male Red tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius)
Conopid flies, bumblebee parasites
An Earwig enjoying a Mallow flower
Fat-legged beetle (Oedemera nobilis)

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