High Weald

Dingy Skipper

Dingy Skipper

The Dingy Skipper, Erynnis tages is a butterfly that is becoming increasingly rare in the UK.  In the High Weald it is becoming rarer due to habitat loss and has... Read more

Woodlark

Woodlark

Woodlark (Lullula arborea). This bird is a highly regarded songster of open heaths where its beautiful song flight sweeps the bird upwards in slow ascending spirals until the song ends... Read more

Marsh Gentian

Marsh Gentian

The Marsh Gentian, Gentiana pneumonanthe is a scarce plant that can still be found on damp heathland in the Weald. Read more

Bracken

Bracken

The emerging ‘fiddleheads’ of Bracken, Pteridian aquilinium are a familiar sight. Less familiar are some of the uses that have been found for the fern in the past, including animal... Read more

Yellow Flag Iris

Yellow Flag Iris

The Yellow Flag Iris, Iris pseudacorus is seen frequently. It is sometimes called Segg, which comes from the Anglo-Saxon word for a short sword. When you look at the blade-like... Read more

Water Crowfoot

Water Crowfoot

Water Crowfoot, Ranunculus aquatilis, begins to cover ponds, ditches and streams with a carpet of beautiful white flowers. Read more

Ragged Robin

Ragged Robin

The Ragged Robin, Lychnis flos-cuculi is so named because of its’ deeply-lobed petals that form a ragged or torn look. Read more

Petty Whin

Petty Whin

Petty Whin, Genista anglica, is a spindly shrub, often found growing in amongst Ling. Unusually, the flowers change from yellow to green when dried. Read more

Yellow Rattle

Yellow Rattle

Yellow Rattle, Rhianthus minor flowers from May onwards. The seeds are held in capsules which do rattle when ripe. In centuries past, this was used as an indicator that the... Read more

Ox-Eye Daisy

Ox-Eye Daisy

The Ox-Eye Daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare is sometimes known as a moon-penny as it can seem to glow in the fields on moonlight mid-summer evenings. Read more

Quaking Grass

Quaking Grass

Quaking Grass, Briza media, gets its’ name from the small heart‐shaped spikelets or cones which tremble and dance in the slightest breeze. Read more

Common Sorrel

Common Sorrel

Common Sorrel, Rumex acetosa is sometimes used in salads and nibbled by children, but is also known as Sour Docks or Vinegar Leaves due to it’s tart flavour. Read more

Bird’s Foot Trefoil

Bird’s Foot Trefoil

The Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Lotus corniculatus has a large collection of country names such as Eggs and Bacon that refer to the flower colour, and the wickedly accurate Granny’s Toenails... Read more

Speckled Wood Butterfly

Speckled Wood Butterfly

The Speckled Wood butterfly, Pararge aegeria is common in woodlands wherever dappled light occurs. It appears to be an early beneficiary of climate change. A medium sized butterfly, the speckled pattern... Read more

Blackcaps

Blackcaps

Blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla) arrive to breed from Europe and as far away as Asia and Africa in the spring, and some now overwinter in this country and can regularly be... Read more

Blue and Coal Tits

Blue and Coal Tits

Blue Tits (Parus caeruleus) will be familiar to most people, and like the less familiar Coal Tit (Parus ater) will be noisy and active with their young. Even less common... Read more

Green Woodpecker

Green Woodpecker

The Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) is the largest of the three woodpeckers that breed in this country. It has a heavy-looking body, short tail and a strong, long bill... Read more

Lily of the valley

Lily of the valley

Lily of the valley, Convallaria majalis has one of the most beautiful scents of any of our native flowers, and can be seen in abundance in some of the High... Read more

Herb Paris

Herb Paris

Herb Paris, Paris quadrifolia is a plant that loves shady, half-lit corners of woodlands. The name ‘Paris’ has nothing to do with the French capital, but comes from the Latin... Read more

Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard, Alliaria petiolata is often known by the country name of Jack-by-the-hedge. It was commonly used in the 17th Century as a flavouring for fish and lamb and has... Read more

Wood Melick

Wood Melick

Wood Melick, Melicia uniflora, is a delightful woodland grass with brilliant green leaves. Read more

Bush Vetch

Bush Vetch

The flowers of Bush Vetch, Vicia sepium, look very dowdy and faded from a distance, but close up very are attractively marked with dark green veins. Read more

Herb Robert

Herb Robert

The pink flowers of Herb Robert, Geranium robertianum are a common sight in shady hedgerows and woodlands this month. Once used as a remedy for toothache and nosebleeds, the freshly... Read more