Spring flowers.

Following yesterdays first Thursday wildlife quiz here’s a post with the answers on and some information about each flower species I quizzed about.

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So then the answer to the first one was of course a daffodil which has the Latin name of Narcissus. Daffodils are a well known European flower and can be spotted from the beginning of Spring. Snowdrops belong to the same family as daffodils which makes them both a member of the Amaryllidaceae. 

The Latin name for daffodil is thought to have been inspired by Narcissus who was a figure in Greek mythology said to have fallen in love with his reflection in a pool of water. The nodding head of the daffodil is said to represent Narcissus bending down and gazing at his reflection.

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The answer to this photo was snowdrop which have the Latin name of Galanthus nivalis. They are mostly found in deciduous woodland but occasionally coniferous woodlands. They can also be found in meadows and near rivers. It was given the name nivallis as this means snowy. It is very popular in the British Isles even though it isn’t native here.

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The answer for this photo was crocus which has the Latin name of crocus too.You can find them in three different colours which are purple, white and yellow.

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This was a very difficult one, it is in fact a southern marsh orchid which is commonly known as a ‘spotted orchid’. They are widespread and commonly found across the UK. These flowers appear in the late Spring to Summer, dependent on the weather, but typically from June to July.

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This one is off course a primrose and has the latin name of primula vulgaris, it also belongs to the Primulaceae family. They are native to the UK and you can usually expect to see the pale yellow flower in the Spring time.

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The sixth photo was a wood sorrel which has the Latin name of oxalis acetosella. You can expect to find them in distinctive clumps in woodlands and shady hedgerows, often growing from moss on fallen logs. They are widespread and you can expect to see them in April and May.

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This is a common dog-violet which has the Latin name of viola riviniana. They are very common and they grow almost everywhere in the UK and you can expect to see them in many different habitats including woodland, grassland, heaths, hedgerows and old pasture. It flowers from around April to June but it’s flowers are not scented.

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The last one was of course bluebells which have the Latin name of Hyacinthoides non-scripta. They can be found throughout the UK and can be expected be seen in flower throughout April and June. They are mainly found in woodlands, especially coppiced woodland.

Next weeks quiz will be all about British fungi!

 

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Staffordshire’s Badgers.

Georgia Locock

I recently came across a ePetition to stop the culling of badgers in the area where I live, which is the county of Staffordshire. The cull hasn’t started yet but the ePetition is to prohibit the culling of badgers on council owned-land and to invest in vaccination programs locally.
So far there are 245 signatures and the ePetition runs until the 11th of December this year. Here is a link to the Staffordshire County Council website where you can find the ePetiton – http://moderngov.staffordshire.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?Id=88

You can also find a petition against the culling of badgers in your area or create your own here – http://www.b-r-a-v-e.co.uk/operationbadger/

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Thursday quiz: Spring wildflowers.

Today marks the first time I will publish the Thursday quiz on to my blog, from now on every Thursday I will do a blog post with a new quiz on. Every week will be about different UK wildlife and the question type will be different each week too. To answer the quiz you can comment below or tweet me on twitter @GeorgiaLocock

This weeks quiz is a bit easier then most will be and it’s all about Spring wildflowers! You have to name each flower I have displayed a photo of. Also an extra challenge would be to give the Latin name. Tomorrow I will do a blog post about the Spring flowers that I have quizzed about, give the correct answer and some information about them all.

Good luck and next weeks quiz is another picture quiz about fungi!

All photos are taken by myself.

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New Thursday quizzes!

I have thought of an idea to make my blog more interactive, get more visitors and fun for my blog visitors. It would also make sure that I’m regularly putting new things on as recently I haven’t kept my blog up to date due to school work and an injured wrist. The quiz will start on Thursday coming and I will publish it in the morning then visitors will have all day to answer. Then on Friday I’ll do a blog post with the correct answer on and a bit of information about the species or wildlife that I have quizzed about. Each week the question(s) will be different for example one week it might be a photo, video or some questions. There is no prize as it’s just a bit of fun. After having problems commenting with my old blog host this new host is much more easy to comment with but let me know if you have any problems or you can perhaps tweet me the answers at @GeorgiaLocock 

This weeks quiz will be published on the morning of Thursday the 10th of April and it will be a photo quiz about Spring flowers!