Although the Lodge is closed now, at this time of year we would expect to see lots of gorse in flower on the reserve. It's a great plant, and if you were to look closely at the flowers you might realise that this very pricky plant is actually a member of the pea family! Anybody want to hazard a guess as to what the flowers smell of? - it's quite surprising, unless you know!
Here’s a photo from earlier in the year, by Peter Bradley, Site Manager
Delighted to discover that the record came from the owner of the lodge, Arthur Wellesley Peel, who was Speaker of the House of Commons.
Yes, that sounds interesting. Thanks for suggesting that MP.
are you interested in the rainfall records from The Lodge in the 1880s? Interesting history from the Rainfall Rescue Project
The answer: gorse flowers smell of... coconut!
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