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The Far Moor

Sunday, May 25th 2014

When the moorland was added to Foxglove it was very rough pasture.  Over the years it has been managed and the rewards can now be seen.

Over the winter the area opposite the Bluebell bank  was cleared of old Gorse.  Now Bluebells are growing. 


Cattle and sheep have grazed the moor and although they do enjoy the new growth of grass they also eat some of the coarser grasses and reeds that we want to reduce. 

Lousewort was seen for the first time on the far moor.


A regular flower is Mouse-ear Hawkweed.  This dandelion-like flower can be identified by the red tips to the underside of its petals.

Mouse-ear Hawkweed

Mouse-ear Hawkweed

The fen continues to surprise us.  Bogbean leaves have grown there, but rarely a flower. Last year there were one or two, this year many more.


Common Butterwort is an insectivorous plant, growing on nutrient poor soil.  Insects get caught on its sticky leaves, which then slowly wrap around the insect.  Enzymes digest it and the nutrients can then be absorbed by the plant.  There are more flowers this year.

Common Butterwort

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