A range of flowers in Colins Paddock

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Wild flowers at Magog Down

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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

Pea Family - Leguminosae

This family contains trees, shrubs, herbs, water plants and climbers. 16,400 species are found world wide and are widely…read more

Ragwort - Senecio jacobaea

Making my way to the Down on 4th July I wondered whether I would find any flowers still flourishing in the middle of so vicious…read more

Red and White Clover - Trifolium pratense & Trifolium repens

Red and white clovers are sufficiently well known to need no description. Both are perennial plants, the white species being…read more

Sainfoin - Onobrychis viciifolia

Look out for the bright pink flowers of Sainfoin on the North Down. For many centuries Sainfoin was cultivated as a fodder…read more

Speedwell - Veronica persica

Colourful patches of Speedwell are particularly eye-catching at this time of year, while the grass is still short.    &…read more

Spindle - Euonymus europaeus

Visiting the down last autumn I was struck by the beauty of the many spindle bushes planted along the edges of the woodland…read more

Sweet Violet - Viola odorata

Our only scented violet and the first to flower.  Leaves are heart-shaped and often shiny and the flowers are blue-violet…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