A range of flowers in Colins Paddock

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Wild flowers at Magog Down

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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

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

Look out for the greenish-yellow spires of this flower, seen from May to September in grassy places on the Magog Down. The…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

Woolly Thistle - Cirsium eriophorum

The impressive Woolly Thistle can be seen in flower on the North Down from July to September. It can grow to 1.5 metres,…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