Far Starling Bank, Hollybed Farm Meadows, Malvern
Located near the Malvern Hills, these meadows are an excellent example of the small fields surrounded by hedgerows that are so typical of the area. Slightly neutral to base rich, they support a wealth of special wild plants including dyer’s greenweed, pepper saxifrage, autumn lady’s-tresses and adder’s-tongue fern. Amongst the grasses, crested dog’s-tail, upright brome and sweet vernal grass are abundant, as well as familiar flowers such as common knapweed, common bird’s-foot-trefoil and oxeye daisy. This flora richness attracts a wide range of other wildlife, including green woodpecker and willow tit and many butterflies including brimstone, peacock, small tortoiseshell and comma.
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Species to spot
Best time to see: June - Sept
A thistle-like plant also known as 'black knapweed', although its flowers are actually bright pink. It is a popular source of nectar for the Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Peacock, Painted Lady and many other butterflies.