We want to know what species are present in our parish and where they are. To find out, we will be doing some organised surveys, but also we want to encourage everyone to record what they see.
We have chosen 20 species that we are especially interested in knowing more about and we are making the reporting of these as easy as possible.
We are offering two methods for reporting sightings. The easiest, which can be used for our ’20 Selected Species’ is via our website form below
The other method is via iRecord which requires more detail but goes directly to a national biological recording system that we can retrieve data from - but you’ll need to add our activity code when you fill in the form.
wildflower seed mix
List of species in SSWCG “Wildflower mix” 2023
Agrostemma githago, Corn Cockle
Centauria cyanus, Cornflower
Cota austriaca, Corn Chamomile
Glebionis segetum, Corn Marigold
Myosotis arvensis, Field Forget-me-not
Papaver rhoeas, Common Poppy
Silene noctiflora, Night-flowering Catchfly
Veronica persica, Common Field- Speedwell
Achilllea millefolium, Yarrow
Anthyllis vulneraria, Kidney Vetch
Centaurea scabiosa, Greater Knapweed
Centauria nigra, Common Knapweed
Daucus corota, Wild Carrot
Galium album, Hedge Bedstraw
Galium verum, Lady’s Bedstraw
Geranium pratense, Meadow Cranesbill
Hippocrepis comosa, Horseshoe Vetch
Knautia arvensis, Field Scabious
Leontodon hispidus, Rough Hawkbit
Leucanthenum vulgare, Oxeye Daisy
Linum catharticum, Fairy Flax
Lotus corniculatus, Birdsfoot Trefoil
Malva moschata, Musk Mallow
Medicago lupulina, Black Medick
Plantago lanceolata, Ribwort Plantain
Plantago media, Hoary Plantain
Poterium sanguisorba, Salad Burnet
Primula veris, Cowslip
Ranunculus acris, Meadow Buttercup
Rhinanthus minor, Yellow Rattle
Scabiosa columbaria, Small Scabious
Silene vulgaris, Bladder Campion
(A mIxture of Emorsgate EC2 Special cornfield mixture and EM6F general purpose wildflower mix, all seed of wild British origin)
Sow in spring or autumn.
Sowing under glass
Fill a seed tray ¾ deep with peat-free compost, firm and water well. Sprinkle seeds very thinly on the surface and cover with a very light layer of fine compost or grit. Cover the tray with plastic or glass and keep moist and out of the sun.
Remove the cover when the first seeds germinate. Prick out seedlings into pots when the first true leaves develop. Grow on, and harden off outside, planting when conditions are suitable, ideally after frost and prior to some rain.
Prepare a fine seedbed. Sow the seeds thinly in patches, or in rows. Firm the soil to give a good seed/soil contact but do not cover the seeds. Keep moist.