Western Clover above Kynance Cove on The Lizard

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We found several patches of Western Clover amongst the short grass on the cliffs above Kynance Cove on The Lizard at the weekend.

Insight: Western Clover (Trifolium occidentale) is native but very local, found in Cornwall, on the Channel Islands and Scilly Isles and a few other locations in west Wales and eastern Ireland. It is one of the earliest clovers to flower in Britain.

The Lizard is a special area for many wild flowers species. Three clovers are virtually confined to the peninsula within Britain: Upright Clover (Trifolium strictum), Twin-headed Clover (Trifolium bocconei) and Long-headed Clover (Trifolium incarnatum ssp. molinerii). 14 species of clover have been recorded in just one valley near Kynance apparently! I think more trips will be necessary over the summer months to see how many we can track down.

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