Fields of buttercups bring sunshine to West Berkshire Ridgeway
Buttercups as far as the eye can see in the Bower Farm fields next to the Ridgeway at Aldworth, snapped by NWN arts editor Trish Lee yesterday.
“When we were young, we would hold buttercups under each other’s chins, and if it turned us yellow, then you could tell we loved eating butter…”
Buttercups belong to the ranunculus family. There are nearly 2000 species, mostly in the northern hemisphere in the fields, meadows, near roads, in woodlands, swamps and bogs. The bottom of their shiny petals have a unique feature for yellow plants, a nectariferous spot or pool of nectar, which attract insects and helps pollination.
Take advantage of today’s weather and take a walk along the Ridgeway and see the fields full of yellow sunshine. These cover the lynchets - the earth terrace on the side of the hill, a feature of ancient field systems.
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