Modern agriculture has led to a loss of habitat and a sharp decline in cowslip populations. The Commons are now a safe haven for this popular plant.
The much-loved cowslip can be seen flowering in April and May. It not only puts on a great display, it's important for wildlife too.
The early flowers from the cowslip provide much needed nectar for lots of insects, including the bees, beetles and butterflies that make the Commons their home.
Without cowslips on the Commons, the rare Duke of Burgundy butterfly would struggle to survive. They lay their eggs beneath the leaves of primroses and cowslips, which in turn provides food for the caterpillar when it hatches.
Caring for the Commons
We're working hard to care for the Commons so that the cowslip and the Duke of Burgundy butterfly can be enjoyed for many years to come.