This page will contain photos and information on all the New Species.
If we run out of new species we will use this page to display information on some of the species found in the Dene.
are one of the best-known spring flowers. The cup-shaped, yellow flowers grow
in nodding clusters on tall stalks. The leaves are oval with relatively
wrinkled edges similar to the Primrose, but narrowing more abruptly into the
are important for wildlife, their flowers an early source of nectar for various
insects including bees, beetles and butterflies such as the brimstone. They can
be found in open woods, meadows, pastures and roadsides, from April to May and
grow to a height of 25cm
suffered a decline between 1930 and 1980, mainly due to the loss of the
grasslands where it grows. It's dramatic decline in the 1950s was due to the
relentless advance of modern farming, particularly the ploughing of old
grassland and the extension of the use of chemical herbicides. Fortunately, it
is now showing signs of recovery and has begun to return to unsprayed verges
and village greens as well as colonising the banks of new roads.
few odd facts about Cowslips
allegedly means cowpat! Our ancestors noted that they tended to flower where a
cow had ‘slupped'.
an early spring flower, it is closely associated with much English folklore and
tradition, including being strewn on church paths for weddings and adorning
garlands for May Day.
made from the flowers is meant to be good for insomnia, headaches and nervous
tension. The scented flowers also make delicious wines.
nodding flowers suggests the bunch of keys which were the badge of St. Peter.
One legend is that Peter was told that a duplicate key to Heaven had been made
and therefore let his keys drop. The Cowslip broke from the ground where the
the 'Language of Flowers' it symbolises comeliness and winning grace