Migrant Hummingbird Hawk-moths arrive in the UK
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In the last few days the first main influx of Hummingbird Hawk-moths of the year have arrived in the British Isles. These migrant moths are always a delight to watch as they hover at flowers like tiny hummingbirds. A delight, … Read More

Bluebells on the coast of Cornwall in June!
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Are those blue flowers really Bluebells? We were asked this by several holiday makers during a walk along the coast path above Crantock Beach, near Newquay at the weekend. Questioning whether they were Bluebells was understandable given that to most … Read More

Very rare plant at Kynance Cove in Cornwall: Hairy Greenweed
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Hairy Greenweed is a very rare plant, only found in west Cornwall and Wales, so it was a bit of a surprise to find so much of it on the slopes above Kynance Cove on The Lizard peninsula in Cornwall. … Read More

Spring Sandwort at Kynance Cove on the Lizard peninsula
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You just know when you visit the Lizard peninsula that you will find a wild flower that is beautiful or special and often both. This cushion of Spring Sandwort is undeniably beautiful with its flowers of 5 white petals on … Read More

Spindle in flower
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Spindle is better known for its bright pink fruit in the autumn and its flowers are rather insignificant for a small tree. The flowers are just beginning to open on this tree near Pendennis Point in Falmouth, Cornwall. It was … Read More

British wild flowers: Wood Anemone
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As its name suggest you would expect to find this flower in a wooded area but we came across a patch of Wood Anemones out in the open on the coastal heathland near St Ives. Even in poor light these … Read More

Pink-sorrel at Lizard Point
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Many of the spring flowers on the coast of the far south of Cornwall are yellow (Lesser Celandine), white (Sea Campion and Three-cornered Garlic) or blue (Spring Squill) at the moment so this shocking pink flower really stood out on … Read More

How do you tell the difference between Bluebells and Spanish Bluebells?
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This Bluebell was photographed 10 days ago when it looked more like a stem of asparagus! It’s now fully open in the bright sunshine in a sheltered part of the garden. It is likely to be a hybrid between our … Read More

Confused seasons, confused wild flowers: Summer Snowflake
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There are always flowers and wildlife that appear at a time of year when they’re not expected but this winter has been so mild, so far, that it’s difficult to remember what is usual. This Summer Snowflake is currently flowering … Read More

Not much in flower in December but plenty of fruits
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These glossy orange-red seeds of Stinking Iris are plentiful along the sea cliffs around Falmouth, adding a festive bit of colour. Insight into Stinking Iris (Iris foetidissima): the fruit will remain on the seed pods through the winter, being ignored … Read More

Holly berries near Pendennis Castle in Falmouth
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This Holly tree was a real picture last weekend, covered with bright red berries in lovely sunshine against a blue sky. Does this mean it will be another hard winter, even in the far south west of Britain? Insight into … Read More

Vulnerable gentian on The Lizard
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Walking across the heath above Kynance Cove on The Lizard in Cornwall last weekend it was obvious that autumn is here. The Cornish Heath (Erica vagans) was no longer colouring the landscape pink, as it has since July, and patches … Read More

What’s that string of bright red, waxy berries in the hedge?
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The hedgerows in Cornwall are full of different fruits at this time of year. The strings of bright red, wet-looking berries are Black Bryony. The berries are very noticeable, unlike the small, insignificant flowers seen earlier in the year in … Read More

Water-pepper at Argal Reservoir near Falmouth
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The water is low at Argal Reservoir near Falmouth at the moment. The margins are covered in Water-pepper, a rather unspectacular plant with small, pale pink flowers in long, slender, nodding inflorescence. Insight into Water-pepper (Persicaria hydropiper): native and common … Read More

Native mints: Round-leaved Mint
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This tall, aromatic mint is being battered by the recent winds here in Cornwall. Insight into Round-leaved Mint (Mentha suaveolens): a native British wild flower found in the south west and Wales, it flowers in branched terminal spikes in August … Read More

Spindle berries
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This Spindle was found between Pendennis Point and Castle beach in Falmouth. There was plenty of the eye-catching pink fruit but none had split to reveal the orange seeds inside. Insight into Spindle (Euonymus europaeus): native, it is widespread in … Read More

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