The Whip Field at Oakfield Park is looking amazing at the moment, its a riot of Yellows with a flush of purple and the odd dab of red.....simply amazing and well worth making a visit to Oakfield Park in Raphoe to see!
our mission this week in St Patricks Primary School, so we went for a ramble (in between the horrendous showers) and gathered up a lovely sample of wildflowers from a few patches of grassland around the school, and the kids enjoyed the patch of sorrel they found.....and munched on for an hour!!
the spotter books and internet came on and they managed to identify 15 types of wildflowers....and one said 'I thought it was grass there'....
After I did this piece on the flora of Derrys walls the kids of Fountain primary wanted to see what they could find, so we went for a walk around the outside of the walls from Bishops Gate to New gate and gathered as much as we could...found a good range, I think 27 different types of wildplants and flowers....
the derry walls are on the go 400 years....and are home to many different types of flora, so although to the eye they may just look like weeds, some are edible, some are not found in many other places away from the walls....
heres a selection of the plants that can commonly be seen on the walls of derry
It is a widespread and common species, occurring almost worldwide in a variety of rocky habitats
for more information check out the Walls 400 website here
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