Introduction

Wild Time

Spring

Feel the beat of spring

Be dazzled by bluebells

Harken to a bittern's boom

Seek a swooping sand martin

Pen poetry among daffodils

Sway with dancing grebes

Get sent packing by a grouse

Take a ringside seat

Track down a tiger

Watch a rare sky dance

Chatter with a natterjack

Enjoy the great rush north

Look up in awe

Shine a light on newts

Eavesdrop on a nightingale

Go spotting early orchids

Follow a sat-tagged osprey

Gape at hunting hobbies

Nurse a passion for purple

Scour riverbanks for Ratty

Tip-toe among fritillaries

Summer

Hail the success of avocets

Go batty as night falls

Bewitched by a buttercup

Play the summertime blues

Thrill to damsels and dragonflies

Go after Dartford warbler

Make a splash with gannets

Stake out a badger sett

Hurrah for the king

Rejoice in Manxie's chorus

Delight in a glow worm

Fall for THE fastest bird

Be spellbound by orchids

Journey to a seabird city

Exalt at a skylark's song

Party with the puffins

Lounge with a lizard

Haunt a churring nightjar

Head seawards on safari

Discover the rare spoonbill

Join the toadlet exodus

Spot our largest butterfly

Wear a hat for terns

Hunt woodland beauties

Autumn

Admire our eager beavers

Marvel at migration

Forage for Autumn's bounty

Go nuts over squirrel nutkin

Ramble through purple

Gaze in awe at reds' rut

Wander in the wild wood

Cheer on the salmon run

Try a wild goose chase

Foray for fungi

Winter

Pay homage to the Russians

Go on a winter ghost hunt

Wonder at wintering waders

Fall in love with a seal pup

Hear Britain's tallest bird

Revel in roosting wagtails

Kiss beneath mistletoe

'Ooh' & 'aah' at murmurations

Lie in wait for an otter

Rock 'n' roll with geology

Wrap up for a raptor roost

Bewitched by a buttercup

Badgeworth buttercup © Brian Clarke

Once a year you can see one of Britain’s rarest wild flowers, the Badgeworth buttercup.

Check on Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s website , and join the pilgrimage

Otherwise known as adder’s-tongue spearwort or Ranunculus ophioglossifolius, the Badgeworth buttercup is amongst the rarest of the rare and fully protected by Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981. It is found in just two spots in the UK, both in Gloucestershire, one of which is a Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust nature reserve.

Badgeworth became Gloucestershire’s very first nature reserve, when the owner Mr Hedley presented it to the Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves in 1933.  It was handed to the newly formed Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust in 1962, becoming its first nature reserve, and was once in the Guinness World of Records for being the smallest nature reserve in the world in 1964. This buttercup grows only in wet conditions and the reserve is managed in ways that benefit the buttercup most: bare patches are made each year to allow the species to germinate, and livestock have been allowed to graze in certain areas to keep competing species at bay.

How to do it

The reserve is only open to the public once a year for a special event in mid-June, to coincide with the Badgeworth buttercup at its best.  People travel from across the country to see this special plant.  So check on Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s website , and join the pilgrimage.

If you can’t get to the special places listed below… Badgeworth nature reserve may be small, but it’s not the smallest Wildlife Trust reserve.  That honour goes to Hethel Old Thorn in Norfolk, which consists of just a single hawthorn bush!

Special spot

Gloucestershire,  Badgeworth Nature Reserve

Badgeworth buttercup © Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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