Summer flora on the Skyline

A girl looking at wildflowers

Summer flora on the Bath Skyline is all about the wildflower meadows. If you walk through Bathwick Fields, Smallcombe Vale, or Sham Castle Down at this time of year, and you’ll be met by a colourful display of delicate shapes and scents laid out before you.

You will see buttercups (ranunculus), red clover (Trifolium pratense), ox-eye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare), knapweed (Centaurea nigra), birds-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor) and so much more.

You might even be lucky enough to spot orchids. We have recorded common spotted, pyramidal, and bee orchids on these fields in the past.

For a total change to the bright and open wildflower meadows, there is Bathampton Woods. Here you’re find a damp, cool environment, full of lush ferns, and sprawling mosses. Look out for interesting fungi.

We’d love to see any interesting discoveries you make on the Skyline. Email pictures to bathskyline@nationaltrust.org.uk, or tweet us @NTBathSkyline