Great to see some ‘old man’s beard’ aka ‘travellers joy’ along the Madeira Drive Green Wall this week.
You will also know it as Clematis – this is ‘Clematis vitalba‘, which is native to the South of England. The ‘joy’ comes from the feathery seed heads which add interest to an otherwise usually barren hedgerow in the run up to Christmas. In this case, it is surrounded by flowering ivy and fruiting Japanese Spindle, a great mix of plants for wildlife as evidenced by the birds, bees and other insects making the most of the seeds and nectar late in the season.
Just one of the 100 species of plants now found on the UK’s oldest, longest green wall.
Well, sort of. Fatboy Slim – Brighton’s own Norman Cook – was previously in the band Housemartins, most well known for their cover of Caravan of Love.
Fitting then, that the most recent birds seen at Madeira Drive were house martins…flying and feeding along the Madeira Drive Green Wall in preparation for their long migration to Africa. Fatboys and girls they need to be to get the energy for the 1000 mile trip…
Just some of the wildlife recorded on the oldest, longest green wall in the UK.
You’ll need to wait to March to have a chance of seeing another in Brighton & Hove. In the meantime…come and join the caravan!
The green roof is widely recognised for its environmental benefits, as well as much needed habitat for insects and other wildlife. It will also help your students learn about the wildlife around them and why it is so important to protect it.
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