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CUCKOO FLOWER on the field opposite Foxburrows Cottages. After 4 years of advising staff when the grass should be cut to benefit this flower, and have a natural wild flower meadow it has increased considerably and looks spectacular this year.  Photo: 13th May 2006.

CUCKOO FLOWER or LADY'S SMOCK Cardamine pratensis.

Found on the Common, and opposite Foxburrows Cottages. Likes damp grassland areas. Photo: 2nd May 2006 by Foxburrows cottages.

ENGLISH BLUEBELL Hyacinthoides non-scripta. Photo: 29th April 2004 in Lambourne Wood. ENGLISH BLUEBELL - The narrow leaves and the flowers hanging to one side on the inflorescence distinguishes it from the hybrid and the Spanish bluebell.  Photo: 3rd May 2006 Lambourne Wood.

HAWTHORN or MAY Crataegus monogyna. It is the blossom of maytime.

Pleasantly scented, the flowers appear after the leaves have formed. Found throughout the forest area.  Photo: 13th May 2006.

WOOD FORGET-ME-NOT Myosotis sylvatica.

Common in the woodland. Photo: 2nd May 2006. Sheepwater.

GREATER STITCHWORT Stellaria holostea common throughout the woodland and rides. Photo: 2nd May 2006. Sheepwater. RED CAMPION Silene dioica. Common throughout the woodland and rides. Photo: 2nd May 2006. Sheepwater.

PENDULOUS SEDGE Carex pendula. Found in damp woodland and edges. Photo: 5th May 2006 Sheepwater. The top spike is male. COW PARSLEY or QUEEN ANNE'S LACE Anthriscus sylvestris.

Wayside and woodland throughout May. Photo: 11th May 2006.

FIELD MADDER Sherardia arvensis.

A tiny flowering plant on the grassland kerb edge near Foxburrows entrance. Photo: 13th May 2006.

LESSER TREFOIL Trifolium dubium. Growing on the grassland kerb edge alongside the Field Madder (left). Photo: 13th May 2006.

 HERB ROBERT Geranium robertianum. Grows on woodland rides and edges. Photo: 13th May 2006. Sheepwater.        SHEEP'S SORREL Rumex acetosella. A small dock that grows on acid grassland. Photo: 13th May 2006. Cabin Hill.

COMMON VETCH Vicia sativa. Flowers single or paired, Common in meadowland. Photo: 13th May 2006. Latchford meadow. PETTY WHIN Genista anglica. Just holding on, on the Heathland. Just a few plants remaining.  Rare in Essex.  Photo: 13th May 2006.

HOARY CRESS Cardaria draba. Found in waste places.  

Path from New North Road to the Lake. Photo: 17th May 2005.

WOOD SPEEDWELL Veronica montana. Found in the woodland areas. Photo: 13th May 2006. Lambourne Wood.

SANICLE Sanicula europaea.

An umbellifer found deep in the woods at Lambourne End.

Photo: 29th May 2006. Uncommon.

WOOD AVENS or HERB BENNET Geum urbanum

Found throughout the forest on edges or rides and paths.

Photo: 29th May 2006.  Peter Comber