Would we all be familiar with "meadow pipit," "marsh cinquefoil," "bird's-foot trefoil
," "bee orchids," "puffballs," and "cloudberries," to say nothing of "Shetland mouse-ear," were it not for Longley's poems pointing the way to an understanding of the minor key of natural beauty which is heard in the background of his work?
Barrett cites two classic studies he finds convincing: Small legumes called bird's-foot trefoil
(Lotus corniculatus) end up producing fewer seeds than the number of ovules fertilized.
The first relates to encouraging bees by supporting the late flowering of nectar-rich flowers, such as red clover and bird's-foot trefoil
, by cutting half of the area of the farm's nectar flower mixture to 20cm between June 15 and July 7 in areas where there are no ground nesting birds present.
The wild flower meadows are dotted with red clover, ox-eye daisy and buttery yellow bird's-foot trefoil
. Roe deer roam the woods.
INCA commented that "blast furnace slag might seem an unusual addition to a nature conservation project, but being a low nutrient alkaline substrate it encourages growth of Bird's-foot Trefoil
and Sheep's Fescue, the larval food plant of the Dingy Skipper and Grayling butterflies respectively".
Drwy glirio llecynnau agored yng nghanol y coed maen nhw'n rhoi cyfle i flodau gwyllt dyfu, rhai fel y cor-rosyn cyffredin (Helianthemum nummularium; common rockrose) a throed yr ir neu bys y ceirw (Lotus corniculatus; bird's-foot trefoil
Some plants, such as bird's-foot trefoil
, concoct cyanide bombs that are trip-wired to blow up in the mouths of nibbling animals.