Meadow species spotted

I’ve created this page as notes for myself on what species we’ve seen in our meadow and how many of each. I’ll be updating this over time, so it’s worth popping back in the future if you’re interested.

Population density

5 = prolific, found in almost every metre across entire field
4 = found across entire field but in large to medium patches
3 = found throughout field but in many medium to small patches
2 = a number of plants dotted around the field individually or in small groups
1 = only one or two plants

2021 notes

We had our field cut in our first year on the 15th July because this is when local farmers needed it for the hay to be of usable quality, though most fields around us were cut long before this in early June for feed.

This date is kinda OK, as most plants had gone to seed but for increasing biodiversity it would be far better to cut in mid to late August. You’ll see from my notes below, that the numbers of late season perennials like lady’s bedstraw, knapweed, cats ear and the vetches are low. That’s because they have only started flowering now, in mid-July here, just as they’re cut.

If I can delay our cut until late-August, I expect I can increase the quantity/range of flowering species by at least 30% if not 50%, which obviously has knock on effects for species of insect, bird and other wildlife. The main challenges are a) how to cut the field ourselves and b) how to then get rid of all the mowings if farmers don’t want it.

Challenge a) is actually really easy, challenge b) is the tricky one. Any advice, answers on a postcard (or email).

Flowering plants

Anthriscus sylvestris, cow parsley

2021
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Centaurea nigra, common knapweed

2021
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Cerastium fontanum, common mouse ear

2021
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Conopodium majus, pignut

[no photo yet from in field]

2021
Density1

Digitalis purpurea, foxglove

2021
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Euphrasia arctica (suspected species), eyebright

2021
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Lathyrus pratensis, meadow vetchling

2021
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Galium verum, lady’s bedstraw

2021
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Geranium pratense, meadow cranesbill

2021
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Heracleum sphondylium, common hogweed

2021
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Hypochaeris radicata, cats ear

2021
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Leucanthemum vulgare, ox-eye daisy

2021
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Myosotis arvensis, field forget-me-not

[no photo from in field yet]

2021
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Plantago lanceolata, ribwort plantain

2021
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Ranunculus arvensis, meadow buttercup

2021
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Rhinanthus minor, yellow rattle

2021
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Rumex acetosa, common sorrel

2021
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Silene flos-cuculi, ragged robin

2021
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Trifolium pratense, red clover

2021
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Trifolium repens, white clover

2021
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Veronica chamaedrys, germander speedwell

2021
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Vicia cracca, tufted vetch

2021
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Vicia sepium, bush vetch

2021
Density1

COMING SOON
I’ll be updating this page with the names of the grasses and fungi soon – stay tuned!

Fungi

Entoloma sericeum

2021
TBC

Grasses

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