Ivy in flower

I recently saw this impressive Ivy plant (Hedera helix) growing on an old tree and wall in Forest Fields :

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There aren’t many wild plants in flower at this time of year, but this Ivy was covered in flowers….

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This profusion of late flowers is a valuable nectar source for insects, especially as the flowering period is quite broad  – as the photo shows, there are flowers in various stages of development. When the flowers develop into berries, they are an important food supply for birds, being ripe in early spring, when other sources of nutrition are scarce.  Ivy also provides excellent cover and habitat for birds, small mammals, bats and invertebrates throughout the year.

 

 

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