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Wild flowers at Magog Down

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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

Ground Ivy - Glechoma hederacea

Hops, Reformation, bays and beer Came to England all in one year - so says the old rhyme. But before beer there was ale…read more

Hawthorn - Crataegus monogyna

Visiting the Down in late April, I was reminded by the already swelling flower buds of the hawthorns just how much those…read more

Hazel - Corylus avellana

By mid January this year the catkins were already plump on the hazel bushes on Magog Down. Catkins are, of course, the male…read more

Herb Bennet or Wood Avens - Geum urbanum

Herb Bennet (a somewhat shy member of the Rose Family) shuns bright sunlight but may readily be found in shadier areas of…read more

Holly - (Ilex aquifolium)

Visiting the Down on a drab winter’s day, my spirits were raised by the sight of a young holly tree gaily bedecked…read more

Jack-by-the-Hedge - Alliaria petiolata

Visiting the Down on April 16th, I was pleased to find, by the gap in the trees at the top of the hill, a small platoon of…read more

Marjoram - Origanum vulgare

The pleasant way, as up those hills you climb, Is strewed o’er with marjoram and thyme. So wrote George Withers in…read more

Mugwort - Artemisia vulgaris

Still lame from a road accident, I have lately been unable to walk on Magog Down. I sit, therefore, on New Year's Eve wondering…read more

Ox-eye Daisy - Chrysanthemum leucanthemum

(also known as Dog Daisy, Moon Daisy or Marguerite) Like so many of the more conspicuous plants of Magog Down, ox-eye daisies…read more

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See also...

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

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

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