02. Native Flora
Whitacre Heath SSSI
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In the past, Whitacre Heath has not been renowned for its floral species, but this is changing and the site is now noted for its population of striking species like the Southern-marsh orchid (Dactylorhiza praetermissa) (see photo) and Blue fleabane (Erigeron acris), which can both seen flowering in this area in early to mid-summer.

Try exploring the area around you and look to see how many different types of plants you can see. Beautiful species such as Red campion (Silene dioica) with its dark red to pink flowers can be seen here in summer, along with a sea of grasses including Tufted hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa) and Yorkshire-fog (Holcus lanatus).

VIEWPOINT: Mid-summer

Throughout the year some of the plants around you provide a wonderful display of flowers. Teasels are especially prominent during the summer and the very thorny thistles often grow as tall as a person between July and August. These and other plants are a valuable source of pollen for bees and seeds for birds later in the year, and can even still be seen during the winter.

Smelling Challenge!

Try smelling at least 4 different types of flowers around you. What do they smell like and do they remind you of anything?

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