Going Wild for Flowers
The wet, cold weather this winter has obviously been good news for Sark’s flora because this spring the colour and sheer abundance of wildflowers is stunning. Most noticeable is the gorse with its banks of bright yellow blooms covering huge areas of the cliffs and heathland. The bluebells are also in full bloom in the woodlands, on the cliffs and by the roadsides along with red campion and wild garlic and there are still plenty of primroses and violets in flower. Sorrel, thrift and sea campion are blooming on the coast along with dozens of smaller natural treasures. It’s no coincidence then that the last two weeks were designated as ‘Wildflower Fortnight’ by Sark Tourism who ran 9 guided walks led by local wildflower enthusiasts. 71 people took part in the walks which visited the Gouliot Headland, Little Sark, the Hogsback, Dixcart woods and Greve de la Ville. The wildflower exhibition continues in the Visitor Centre until the end of June and although Sark’s wildflowers are at their best in early summer there will be plenty in bloom until well into the autumn.
Pictures by Sue Daly L – R Bluebells in Dixcart woods, Thrift above Les Laches, Gorse on Hogsback, Walkers enjoying Dixcart woods