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Flowers and plants in our Local Nature Reserve
Our downland meadows support an amazing variety of different species, but represent only a tiny fraction of the countryside in the UK. Since WW2, 98% of chalk grassland has been lost because of changes in farming practices and land use.
Here we intend to feature a selection of the wildflowers and plants that can still be enjoyed in our local woods and fields. Quite a few of the flower species are found all over our Local Nature Reserve but there are some that are confined to a special habitat and occur nowhere else in our area. These species are often nationally rare.
Click on the drop-down panels below and you'll find a list of some of the plants and flowers to look out for, starting with the Knoll, where our efforts to clear thick thorny scrub have already resulted in some spectacular increases in numbers and varieties of wildflower blooms.
We intend to add more records for other areas of our site and we welcome any photos of additional plants and flowers you may have observed while in the Reserve.