Wild Flowers in Bloom

12 July 2018

The valley is looking very colourful now that summer is here and lots of the wild plants are flowering. The picture above shows Marsh Woundwort which is very common near the rivers and ditches. In the rivers you can see Yellow Water-lily, Arrowhead and Water Forget-me-not. In a few places you may spot Bladderwort, an insectivorous plant which is flowering now. The pretty, but invasive, Himalayan Balsam is also beginning to flower.

Most of the woodland flowers have finished now but there is an abundance of the delicate white flowers of Enchanters Nightshade along the woodland paths.

Along the more open paths there is Bird’sfoot Trefoil, Ragwort, Ox-eye Daisy, Hedge Woundwort, Purple Loosestrife, Rosebay Willowherb and many others. Among the umbeliferers you can spot Wild Carrot with its distinctive, usually red or purple, central flower among the mass of white ones.

Footpaths - 12 March

Most paths are walkable now the water level has dropped. However, many are still very muddy and a few are only really walkable in wellies.

Report overgrown rights of way to East Sussex and other paths to the Friends of Combe Valley.

Latest News

Squacco Heron

Two rare herons have been found in the valley recently. The Squacco Heron and the Black-crowned Night Heron visiting us are well out of their usual summer haunts.

New on this website

April 2022 - A new section, "Nature's Calendar", has been added giving details of what to look out for around the Countryside Park at different times of the year.