Geranium robertianum: Herb Robert is used for diarrhoea; to improve the functioning of the liver and gallbladder; to reduce swelling (inflammation) of the kidney, bladder, and gallbladder; and to prevent the formation of stones in the kidney, bladder, or gallbladder. Some people use Herb Robert as a mouthwash or gargle.

Herb Robert

Herb Robert

The Green-veined white is a fairly small, white butterfly that is on the wing between April and October. A common butterfly, it is found in a wide variety of habitats, including hedgerows, woodland rides and meadows, as well as farmland, gardens and parks. It especially likes damp areas with lush vegetation. Water-cress is a very common host plant for the butterfly. The foodplants of the caterpillars are members of the cabbage family, including Cuckooflower and Hedge mustard.

Green-veined white butterfly

Green-veined white butterfly

Muntjac deer are commonest in the south midlands and East Anglia. It is estimated that their current population is around 40,000 and that they are increasing at a rate of 10% per annum. They are proving to be very successful animals in the British countryside and this is partly due to their breeding rate. I see them most times I am out on Wilden Marsh.

 

Cardamine pratensis: Cuckooflower, also commonly known as ‘Lady’s-smock’, is a pretty, springtime perennial of damp, grassy places like wet meadows, ditches and riverbanks, as well as roadside verges. Its pale pink flowers bloom from April to June and are thought to coincide with the arrival of the first Cuckoo – a sure sign that spring has arrived at last

In folklore, it was said to be sacred to the fairies, and so was unlucky if brought indoors. It was not included in May Day garlands for the same reason

CUCKOO FLOWER

Cuckoo flower

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