30 May 2009

Sheep sorrel swards

In an area cleared of conifers a few years back, one of the most distinctive swards is created by extensive colonies of sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella) among the tree stumps and clumps of rushes.

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Clearly this plant, perfectly edible to our species, is not much liked by deer or rabbits.  It is, however, one of the main food plants of the small copper butterfly, so these should flourish here.

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