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 - 1 January

The valley is still flooded and all paths across the lower part of the valley are impassable, as is most of the path along the river.

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

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December 2023 saw a group of Waxwings visiting the Park to sample the berries. Several hundred visit Britain each winter.

New on this website

August 2023 - a set of new pages describing some of the more common flowering plants has been added to the "Wildlife" section of the site.