It's astonishing how many wildflowers are on the verge in Dugdale Drive and the surrounding hedges. At our last survey in the spring of 2020 we counted over 30 different species. They might not be as spectacular visually as the displays you see on roundabouts, but they are incredibly biodiverse and offer a vital habitat for our own native species that have evolved to thrive on these wildflowers. This area attracts many native pollinators that in turn will help with biodiversity, including our beleaguered birds, bats, hedgehogs, frogs, newts and many other species to live alongside us.

Image by Rachael Henning

Creeping buttercup

Pollinated by short-tongued bees. Read more...

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Daisy

Attracts pollinating insects and birds which then feed on the insects. Read more...

Image by Jan Ledermann

Dandelions

Source of nectar and pollen for bees in early spring; food plants for larvae of butterflies and moths. Source of nectar for the pearl-bordered fritillary.

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Herb-Robert

Food plant and source of nectar for many invertebrates including bees, hover-flies and the Barred carpet moth. Read more...

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Mouse-ear hawkweed

Attracts a variety of insects.

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Curled dock

Visited by bees. Read more...

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Thyme leaved speedwell

Cross-pollinated by flies and small bees. Food plant for some invertebrates. Read more...

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Mossy and bare earth patches

Mining bees eg tawny mining bee. Read more...

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Sheep sorrel

Food plant for Forester caterpillars. Read more...

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Woody nightshade

Source of pollen for Bumblebees, solitary bees and flies.

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Red clover

Many bees including Common carder bee, Honeybee & Red-tailed bumblebee. Read more...

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Oxeye Daisy

Bees, butterflies, hover flies. Read more...

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Common cats ear

Attracts butterflies and bumblebees. Read more...

Image by William Buist

Bramble

Food plant for bumblebees, honeybees, solitary bees, hover-flies, wasps, butterflies, flies and lacewings, many of which also nest or reproduce on the stems. Read more...

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Bush vetch

Bumblebees, honeybees, weevils, beetles and caterpillars. 

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Image by Paul Morley

Nettle

Attracts aphids, ladybirds, parasitic wasps, leaf hoppers and moths. Seeds attract sparrows, chaffinches and bullfinches. Attracts insect-eating species such as hedgehogs, shrews, frogs and toads. Food plant for larvae of Small tortoiseshell and Peacock butterflies. Read more...

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Medick

Used to make honey.

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Cut-leaved Crane's-bill

Attracts bees. Read more...

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Hedge mustard

Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, beetles. Read more...

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Wild Angelica

Flowers attract a wide range of insects. Read more...

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Ribwort and hoary plantain

Host to many different species of the order Lepidoptera.

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Yarrow

General insects, moths, beetles. Also used by starlings to line their nests. Read more...

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Cleavers 

Food plant for aphids and spittlebugs. Read more...

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Bird's-foot-trefoil

Food plant for caterpillars of Common Blue, Silver-studded Blue and Wood White butterflies. Read more...

Image by Dave Francis

Cow parsley

Early source of pollen for bees and hover-flies. Food plant for the moth Agonopterix heracliana and a source of nectar for orange-tip butterflies.

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Marsh Cinquefoil (Potentilla palustris)

Creeping cinquefoil

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Chickweed

Food plant for larvae of the Yellow shell moth. Read more...

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Shepherd's purse

Bees, flies, wasps, butterflies and skippers feed on the small flowers. Read more...

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Dog rose

Protective habitat and food supply for birds and small mammals in the winter, nectar for insects and bees in the summer, and a food plant for several moths and butterflies. Read more...

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Grasses

Long grass is a beneficial for many species.  Read more...