Brassica bug on Jack by the Hedge

Map of the Down

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Wildflowers and other flowering plants

Below is a non-exhaustive list of some of the many flowers and shrubs to be found growing at Magog Down. Most of these articles include lovely descriptions and history about the plants, written for us over the years by plant pathologist David Yarham. Some articles have been updated recently with new photos of the plants thriving thanks to our Rangers' careful management.

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Kidney Vetch - Anthyllis vulneraria

Kidney Vetch is named after the large, kidney-shaped flower heads, which are covered with woolly white hairs.


In the past it was known as a herb that would speed the healing of wounds. See it spread across the North Down, as above.

kidneyvetchcloseupwithmoth_250In this close-up, the wooly white hairs on the flower show up quite well. The insect shown on it is a Burnet Companion day-flying moth.

Photos by Claire Beale.

June 2020

See also...

Report of the visit from Cambridge Natural History Society in August 2017

News about a visit by the local branch of Butterfly Conservation charity taking place in August 2016

News about the very special area of Colin's Bank, published in February 2015

Pasque Flower

One of our Friends sent us this beautiful picture of some Pasque Flowers taken in amongst the Cowslips in May 2016.pasqueflower_jb_may2016_crop_453

Photo by Jill Butler