Burbage Sketchley Park wildlower area

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary


    Public park

    Managed By
    Burbage Parish Council
    Wild places

    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

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    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.


    The records and images below may include those from adjacent sites if the grid reference submitted with these records overlaps the boundary of this Wild Place.

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    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Bulbous ButtercupRanunculus bulbosus15/06/2020Graham Calow
    Cock's-footDactylis glomerata15/06/2020Graham Calow
    Common KnapweedCentaurea nigra15/06/2020Graham Calow
    Common SorrelRumex acetosa15/06/2020Graham Calow
    Creeping ButtercupRanunculus repens15/06/2020Graham Calow
    Crested Dog's-tailCynosurus cristatus15/06/2020Graham Calow
    Greater PlantainPlantago major15/06/2020Graham Calow
    KnotgrassPolygonum aviculare15/06/2020Graham Calow
    Marsh FoxtailAlopecurus geniculatus15/06/2020Graham Calow
    Meadow ButtercupRanunculus acris15/06/2020Graham Calow
    Meadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis15/06/2020Graham Calow
    Perennial Rye-grassLolium perenne15/06/2020Graham Calow
    Ribwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata15/06/2020Graham Calow
    Rough Meadow-grassPoa trivialis15/06/2020Graham Calow
    Sweet Vernal-grassAnthoxanthum odoratum15/06/2020Graham Calow
    White CloverTrifolium repens15/06/2020Graham Calow
    Yorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus15/06/2020Graham Calow
    Chromatomyia horticola15/06/2020Graham Calow

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    FliesChromatomyia horticola15/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMarsh FoxtailAlopecurus geniculatus15/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMeadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis15/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSweet Vernal-grassAnthoxanthum odoratum15/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCrested Dog's-tailCynosurus cristatus15/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata15/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus15/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPerennial Rye-grassLolium perenne15/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesRough Meadow-grassPoa trivialis15/06/2020
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra15/06/2020
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata15/06/2020
    WildflowersGreater PlantainPlantago major15/06/2020
    WildflowersKnotgrassPolygonum aviculare15/06/2020
    WildflowersMeadow ButtercupRanunculus acris15/06/2020
    WildflowersBulbous ButtercupRanunculus bulbosus15/06/2020
    WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens15/06/2020
    WildflowersCommon SorrelRumex acetosa15/06/2020
    WildflowersWhite CloverTrifolium repens15/06/2020