founded February 1950
(hoof shaped leaves), one of
the earliest spring flowers to
bloom-juice from leaves was
used as a cough cure.
There are +100 insect species associated
Blackthorn or Sloe.
appear in late March and tannin filled
astringent drupes appear in September.
is visited by
many insects for pollen and nectar.
Another name is king-cup - Old
woodlands with a splash of gold in
early spring. Much loved by
Wordsworth who devoted a poem
to the plant.
open properly in sunlight, they
have a foxey smell and
are less common
than formerly. They produce male
and female flowers. If insects are
scarce pollination may not occur.
is the 'ghost' of spring
flowers. A parasite which grows near
hazel roots.The creamy white flower
spikes appear without leaves.
Early Dog Violet
is more common
in Cookstown area than others-due
to Carboniferous limestone
Common Dog Violet
is usually found on dry
sunny banks and often with primroses. the plant
is altogether more compact than Early Dog Violet
with attractive vibrant pink
flowers is found occasionallyin dry
hedgerows and scrubby areas from mid May
until early June
is an iconic species-limited to the
Atlantic edges of N.W.Europe, especially British
Isles. Presently under threat from Spanish
with sword like leaves, grows in damp
ditches and pond margins. The strongly yellow
flowers liven up damp ditches in mid May
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