Late Cuckoo??

It seems that across the valley there are less Cuckoo Flowers (Cardamine pratensis) than previous years, and they seem a bit latter to.

Perhaps this is due to the exceptionally dry April and early May in 2017, not providing quite the right conditions for them?


Pink tatters

The lower damp area of Cockles Field stays very wet, even at this time of year.

Amongst the Rushes can be seen the pretty tattered pink flowers of Ragged Robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi), a plant typical of wet meadow and pastures.

Wetland in Cockles Field

Alongside the stream in Cockles Field is a fantastic area of Wet Meadow or Fen, packed full of Sedges and Rushes.

The Somerset Wildlife Trust information board says this was possibly dug out for a boating lake, however an alternate local view is this area was created as bathing pits, for miners to wash in after working in the adjacent Coal mines.