Monday, 18 April 2016

The sunshine was out for Fritillary Sunday in Ducklington

On one Sunday each year Ducklington Fritillary field is opened to members of the public in order to raise funds for the village church and give residents and visitors an opportunity to walk among these beautiful flowers.
The Snake's head Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris) were once widespread on floodplain meadows but are now found at less than 30 sites in the UK. The site in Ducklington is around 7 hectares and a designated SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest).
On April 17th, hundreds of people took the opportunity to visit the field as well as joining in with the other activities on offer throughout the day, including Morris Dancing, children's activities and tours of the church bell tower.
There was also an opportunity to learn more about what makes this site and species so special - Edmund Strainge of Ducklington Parish Council and Emma Rothero of Floodplain Meadows Partnership talked to visitors about the history of the site and the Snake's head Fritillary.

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