Trample for Survival!
In the news last week is the story that the trampling boots of walkers, the muddy paws of dogs and the squelch of bike tyres have all helped to save a rare flower from extinction on Anglesey.
The flower - the three-lobed-water-crowfoot is a not only a bit of a mouthful, but is also part of the Buttercup family. It was once almost extinct in Wales, but since 1999, the numbers have trebled.
The delicate little flowers love to grow in shallow pools of water and mud - like footprints or tracks. The fact that walkers and cyclists are disturbing the mud and earth means that there are more little grooves for this plant to thrive in. It scatters seeds into the mud during the spring before it all dries out by the summer. So, the race is on to get trampling and help spread this pretty flower across more of North Wales.
See, walking is not only good for you, but it's also good for nature. Trample and tread (carefully....) and come and enjoy a walk in our beautiful Welsh countryside. You can find some walks near the Oakeley Arms on our previous blog posts here and here
The common water crowfoot
Image by Rictor Norton and David Allen on WikiCommons