The Green Heart of Poringland


Top Pollinator Growing in Profusion

One of the best wild flowers for pollinators is growing profusely at Poringland Lakes.

Wild garlic (allium ursinum) is a woodland wildflower which fills the air with the scent of its flowers from April to June.  It is colonising the fence lines, predominantly around Duffield lake.

Wild garlic has been awarded the RHS Perfect for Pollinators mark as one of the best plants that supports pollinating insects.  Bees, butterflies, moths, hoverflies and many others visit flowers to feed on nectar and pollen.  While doing so they transfer pollen and increase seed set and fruit development.

It will come as welcome news to members of South Yare Wildlife Group, who together with the Parish Council, are developing a B-Line along the Chet valley between Poringland and Loddon.

Eyebright Reward 

Poringland Lakes’ warden Peter Aspinall was pleased to see that all his hard work is paying dividends when he spotted a small but beautiful flower hiding among the grasses in the plain between the lakes. 

Earlier in the year Peter planted several wildflowers across the site and was delighted to spot the dainty white flower peeping through the grasses.

Eyebright (Euphrasia Nemorosa ) is a low-growing annual plant found in all kinds of short grasslands.  It is semi-parasitic, feeding off the nutrients from the roots of nearby grasses. For this reason, they are quite useful plants in terms of keeping vigorous grasses at bay in order that wildflowers can thrive. 

Its flowers appear between May and September and it is widespread throughout the UK. 

The common name, Eyebright, refers to the plant's use in treating eye infections, eye strain, and conjunctivitis.