Chiltern Forage Farm native meadow

Having removed the sheep from this over-grazed pasture, the native plants are thriving.  From meadow grasses and flowers from May to September, we are leaving them to set seed.  From the distant pinky haze of grass inflorescences to the bright detail of colonies and individual flowers, the diversity and complexity of this regenerating ecosystem is enjoyed by pollinators, moths, butterflies and invertebrates.

Meadow May 2018 nearly a year after removal of grazing sheep

Meadow June 2018 already rich in wild flowers

Oxeye Daisy in June 2018

 

Common Vetch in May 2018

Field Buttercups in May 2018

Hawkbit seedhead in July 2019

 

Birdsfoot Trefoil in June 2018

Greater Stitchwort after flowering in June 2019

Red Clover in June 2019

Ragwort in July 2018 allowed to grow as host to specific moths and butterflies (no livestock’s on the site)

Wild carrot from early July 2018

St John’s Wort in July 2018

Selfheal in May 2018

Wild Scabious in Aug 2018

Knapweed in August 2018

Harebell in August 2018

Field bindweed in July 2019

Dark Mullein in July 2018

Carlina Thistle in Aug 2018

Agrimony in  Aug 2018