Burbage Sketchley Park wildlower area
Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary
Total species seen at this site: 18
Whilst clearly not a road verge, this wildflower area was surveyed in 2020 by NatureSpot volunteers as part of the Urban Verges Trial run by the County Council. It has a similar objective of creating wildflower grassland from regularly mown grass and persuading the public to support this action.
The wildflower area lies between a group of trees and within the wider amenity parkland.
The survey showed that the grassland is dominated by tall Yorkshire-fog grass, though seven other grass species were found, including Marsh Foxtail, a species which prefers to grow in damp soil and suggesting that part of the site might be subjected to standing water at some stage of the year. Four Local Wildlife Site (LWS) indicator species were present: Black Knapweed, Meadow Buttercup, Bulbous Buttercup and Common Sorrel.
Floral diversity: 17 species
LWS Indicator species: 4
Habitat Quality: Medium/High
Mowing of the area will stop between April and August to allow the wildflowers and grasses to grow and flower. At the end of the season, the vegetation will be cut and then removed to limit nutrient build-up in the soil which encourages a wider range of species to thrive.
More records of wildlife seen on this site would be welcomed! Please use the Submit Records form to let us know of your wildlife sightings.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Bulbous Buttercup||Ranunculus bulbosus||15/06/2020||Graham Calow|
|Cock's-foot||Dactylis glomerata||15/06/2020||Graham Calow|
|Common Knapweed||Centaurea nigra||15/06/2020||Graham Calow|
|Common Sorrel||Rumex acetosa||15/06/2020||Graham Calow|
|Creeping Buttercup||Ranunculus repens||15/06/2020||Graham Calow|
|Crested Dog's-tail||Cynosurus cristatus||15/06/2020||Graham Calow|
|Greater Plantain||Plantago major||15/06/2020||Graham Calow|
|Knotgrass||Polygonum aviculare||15/06/2020||Graham Calow|
|Marsh Foxtail||Alopecurus geniculatus||15/06/2020||Graham Calow|
|Meadow Buttercup||Ranunculus acris||15/06/2020||Graham Calow|
|Meadow Foxtail||Alopecurus pratensis||15/06/2020||Graham Calow|
|Perennial Rye-grass||Lolium perenne||15/06/2020||Graham Calow|
|Ribwort Plantain||Plantago lanceolata||15/06/2020||Graham Calow|
|Rough Meadow-grass||Poa trivialis||15/06/2020||Graham Calow|
|Sweet Vernal-grass||Anthoxanthum odoratum||15/06/2020||Graham Calow|