What's in flower this summer
(Above) Birds-foot trefoil by Steve Bond
Nick Gray, DWT's West Dorset Conservation Officer tells us the flowers to look out for at this time of the year.
"Bird’s-foot trefoil is also known as bacon and eggs, bellies and bums, crow’s toes (after the elongated seed pods) and Tom Thumb. In fact Geoffrey Grigson lists no fewer than 60 common names for bird’s-foot trefoil in his classic tome The Englishman’s Flora. Why should this little plant have so many common names? Presumably, says Grigson, because it used to be so much more common! These days, intensive agriculture has displaced Bird’s-foot trefoil from a lot of our countryside but Kingcombe’s low-input pastures and hay meadows provide a glimpse of the species-rich grassland that the people who gave Bird’s-foot trefoil so many names once encountered daily!"
Learn about wildflowers, grasses and ferns
Always wanted to know more... why not join us on our courses at the end of the month featuring wild flowers, grasses and ferns.