Cowslips

cowslipsThe cowslips on the bank near the school will soon be gone due to ongoing management of that habitat. Here’s some information about cowslips from the Wildlife Trust so you know more about the yellow flowers next time you see them.

From Wildlife Trust Facebook Page: Cowslip. An early spring flower now popping up in open grassland habitats. Popular in English folklore and tradition, cowslip is scattered on church paths for weddings and tied into wreaths for May Day. Their name allegedly derives from the term ‘cowslups’, meaning cowpat, as the plant was often found to flower where a cow had left its business. Old names include Herb Peter and Lady’s Keys.

Sadly, habitat loss -as a result of agriculture advancement -has caused great population declines across many parts of Britain, making their bright yellow nodding heads a now rarer sight.

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