Time is flying and we are already approaching the summer session , now is a good time to look back at some of the flowering species that have been in evidence on the Cowfield and what to look out for in the coming weeks.
The year start of the year saw an improving show of Cowslip (Primula veris) in April and May. They flowered more abundantly than ever this year, a good sign that the population is growing again after the undoubted setback it took when we were forced to spray parts of the field with a herbicide to control docks. They were in evidence throughout the top half of the field, spreading in area, density, and abundance. If they continue to increase in abundance and density across the field, in a few years, we could well have the largest Cowslip meadow in the North West of England!
Cowslip may once have been as common as