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Snowdrop

The snowdrop is often heralded as the first sign of spring. These small white flowers appear from January through to March, and are often found poking through snow in small clumps. Although they look delicate, snowdrops are hardy plants. They contain antifreeze proteins, which protect them against damage from frosts and snow. Snowdrops may not […]

Kestrel

Spotted by:   Juliet Wilson Where:          Top of Easter Craiglockhart Hill When:            31st October 2020

Important information regarding the Meadowspot Path landslip

Statement from City of Edinburgh Council:  After the torrential rain in mid-August, there was a substantial landslip in Meadowspot Woods. The path was closed immediately and barriers and signage have been put in place to prevent access. In mid-September, following the observation of suspect debris located towards the top of the slope in the woodland […]

Tansy

The Tansy’s button-like flowerhead is a composite flower, meaning it is made from lots of tiny flowers, known as disc florets. This makes it an excellent source of nectar for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. It is a member of the daisy family, and the flowers can be seen from July through to September. The […]

Hedge Woundwort

Hedge woundwort can grow up to 75cm tall, and is easily identified by its spike of purple flowers, and toothed leaves covered with fine hairs which look similar to those of a stinging nettle. Another identifying feature is its distinctive smell. While it may be a member of the mint family, it has a far […]

Meadow Crane’s-bill

This violet-blue wildflower, geranium pratense, is also commonly found as a garden geranium. As it is nectar rich it is very popular with many species of bee. Flowers can be seen from June to August, and the stems take on a reddish tinge in autumn The name crane’s-bill comes from the shape of the pointed […]

Jack-by-the-hedge

The name Jack-by-the-hedge reveals its natural tendency to be found along hedgerows, or similar semi-shaded areas such as the edge of woodlands. Also known as garlic mustard due to the taste of its leaves, the whole plant is edible from its roots to its flowers and seeds. It is biennial, meaning its life cycle takes […]