Of course childhood is different in the 21st century. Think of catkins, conkers and buttercups… or bluebell, cowslip and holly. We are sure you can name at least a few — if nothing else, perhaps the daisy or dandelion? The best places to spot them are in your garden or local woodland where they hide and tuck themselves into crevices and under logs. Many more can be disturbed from their resting places when you brush past. How many of these street-wise birds do you share your local town with? Some are hard to find, but others like the robin should be quite easy to spot if you look around gardens and parks. Britain has many beautiful wild flowers. Why not get down on your hands and knees and up close and personal with a flower? See if you can spot any of these on your next trip to the beach.
Head to an estuary or coastline near you to see how many you can see. You might see them washed up on the beach as they can be found all around our coast. They grow quickly from the ground, often in the autumn, to release spores for reproduction. To find out how to do this, see. They are tricky to spot but you can sometimes see fish swimming in the shallows. Can you spot any this summer? It's no wonder that these areas support a diverse range of plants and animals. Marine animals can be tricky to spot out at sea and even trickier to identify at a glance.
The browns and buffs of the woodland butterfly can make them hard to spot in the shade. Some petals are highly reflective, like those of the buttercup family see adjacent photo. In the nettle see adjacent photo , the leaves are arranged in pairs and each pair is set at right angles to the previous pair. The Woodland Trust and Woodland Trust Nature Detectives logos are registered trademarks. This is our guide to some of the wild flowers that you might find in woodlands and hedgerows.
With their long legs and beaks they can be tricky to tell apart! Can you spot them all? There are fewer flowers around us and we seem to have less time to enjoy them. Collectively they are termed the calyx of the flower. Look out for sleepy reptiles and amphibians as they emerge from hibernation. Wild flowers are vital to our planet. Leaf margins may be described as entire, toothed, or lobed.
A flower may have a 'low' number of stamens - 2,3 4 or 5 or there may be lots as in the buttercup - see photo , in which case the number is sometime said to be infinite. These are composite flowers - found in members of the family Compositae or Asteraceae; asters and sunflowers fall into this family, as do the common weeds - dandelion and groundsel. When petals and sepals are similar they may be referred to as tepals, and the structure of the petals and sepals called a perianth. She's happy to chat on anything parenting. Do they occur in pairs? The best time to spot them is during the warmer months of the year. But these words are no longer in the Oxford Junior Dictionary. Use this spotting sheet to help you and see if you can spot them all.
Even without their leaves, trees begin to give us clues to their identity with buds, flowers and left-over seeds. These colourful predators look like flying jewels whizzing around our wetlands. The tip of the leaf is sometimes referred to as the apex of the leaf. Helen is a mum to two, digital marketer and website editor. Spare time is mostly spent trying to avoid stepping on the Lego her kids keep leaving lying around. Each plant has its unique method of attracting pollinators or distributing its seed.
Our country is covered in wildflowers. Looking at the margin of the leaf can be an important in identifying the leaf. Plants start growing, birds start singing and insects begin to emerge. But we think plants and nature are still hugely important for children. Our bet is many of them come from playing outside — in a park, say, or in nearby scrub or woods.
Many are hard to find, especially during the day! In late summer, the heaths and moors are chequered with visual interest and scent on the breeze. There are a lot less flowers around us, and we seem to have less time to enjoy them. Many still jog the memory with some special attribute lingering from an ancient past when all flowers conveyed a message. Whilst they are often green, they can be almost indistinguishable from the petals. Just scroll down to find it.