A range of flowers in Colins Paddock

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Wild flowers at Magog Down

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Bird's-foot Trefoil - Lotus corniculatus

Its gay abundance on the south-east slope of the hill should have ensured that Bird’s-foot . Trefoil was noticed by…read more

Blue and Candian Fleabane - Erigeron acer and Erigeron canadensis

Visiting the Down in early September, I found Blue Fleabane in some abundance still flowering amongst the young trees on…read more

Cleavers or Goosegrass - Galium aparine

Cleavers is one of the least attractive members of the family Rubiaceae which contains such favourites as Lady's bedstraw…read more

Coltsfoot - Tussilago farfara

Coltsfoot is one of the earlier flowers to appear on Magog Down. From late February to April you may find scattered clumps…read more

Common Ivy - Hedera helix

Throughout the winter months ivy hs been a prominent feature of the downland landscape, softening the bare outlines of the…read more

Cow Parsley - Anthriscus sylvestris

Towards the end of February I found a single plant of cow parsley already in flower by the car park entrance. Such exceptionally…read more

Cowslip or Paigle - Primula veris

Sitting down to write this in mid-winter it is pleasant to think of spring. And what flowers epitomise that season more than…read more

Dandelion - Taraxacum officinale

This year the first flower to bloom on Magog Down was the dandelion. As early as January it could be found brightening the…read more

Dogwood - Thelycrania (= Cornus) sanguinea

A common shrub of nutrient-rich chalkland in Southern Britain, dogwood is one of the native plants which have been reintroduced…read more

Field Poppy - Papaver rhoeas

From the beginnings of agriculture poppies have brightened our cornfields. Their very name is ancient, coming down to us…read more

Goat's-beard - Tragopogon pratense

A locally common plant of waysides and grassland, goatsbeard is a summer-flowering member of the daisy family (Compositae)…read more

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See also...

Report of the visit from Cambridge Natural History Society in August 2017


News about a visit by the local branch of Butterfly Conservation charity taking place in August 2016


News about the very special area of Colin's Bank, published in February 2015

Pasque Flower

One of our Friends sent us this beautiful picture of some Pasque Flowers taken in amongst the Cowslips in May 2016.pasqueflower_jb_may2016_crop_453

Photo by Jill Butler