Wildflowers

Wildflowers

As well as a record year for the rain it has been a fantastic one for the wildflowers. An  earlier post covered the many orchid species growing on Butser and in QE Forest however it is the species composition on the hill which is remarkable.

This  variety depends partly on geographical location but mainly on soils, with those overlying chalk or limestone having a greater diversity than those that are neutral or acid. As well as the grass species characteristic chalk grassland flowers include the oxeye daisy, common knapweed, yellow rattle and bird’s-foot trefoil.

 

 

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

To see the slopes of Butser at their best it can be hard to see the need for habitat management. However without regular cutting or grazing , at key times of the year, the more sensitive species would be swamped by coarse grasses as the sward reverts to scrub and then eventually woodland.

The next guided walk at QECP will take place on Saturday the 28th July when there will be a ranger led session looking at the natural history of QE Forest. Pre-booking required.    

For more information about plants in general go to the Plantlife web-site at www.plantlife.org.uk 

This is a membership organisation solely dedicated to wild plants and their habitats. The charity is based in Salisbury and is helping to protect and propagate the rare Juniper plants that are found in the Park , and at a few other sites across the  South of England. 

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

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