A range of flowers in Colins Paddock

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Wild flowers at Magog Down

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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

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

Thistles - Cirsium arvense and Cirsium vulgare

In the beginning, of course, it was all Adam's fault. One bite of that forbidden fruit and it was "Cursed is the ground…read more

Traveller’s Joy or Old Man’s Beard - Clematis vitalba

Motorists pausing for a break in the lay-by opposite Wandlebury may find their spirits lifted by the sight of this plant…read more

Venus's Looking-glass - Legousia hybrida

The change of use from intensive arable farming to grassland and woodland has obviously greatly enriched the flora of the…read more

White Bryony - Bryonia dioica

Autumn is the time for berries and amongst the brightest to be found on Magog Down this year have been those of the white…read more

Wild Carrot - Daucus carota

Like wild parsnips, wild carrots belong to the Family Umbelliferae - so called because its members bear their flowers in…read more

Wild Mignonette - Reseda lutea

In high summer the greenish yellow spires of this plant are a conspicuous feature of the downland flora. Arising from a basal…read more

Wild Parsnip - Pastinaca sativa

Visiting the Down during the long dry spell this July, I was struck by the way in which some plants still stood up boldly…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