Buddleia: The plant that dominates Britain’s railways

Surprisingly common these days


Gardening tips from the BBC website (edited)……

It’s hard to walk by a railway line in Britain and not see Buddleia.

Along fences by the tracks and almost any patch of waste ground, you will notice the long, slender clumps of flowers, usually lilac but also blue, deeper purple or white, at the end of long, arching branches.

BBC weather forecaster Peter Gibbs says the mild, wet winter will have improved germination and growth this year, especially in areas where water normally drains away quickly, such as derelict urban sites. “Buddleia is an opportunist that’s always ready to capitalise on any slight advantage.”

Sprouting from seemingly every derelict building, it stakes an increasingly plausible claim for the title of Britain’s national flower.

Buddleia at Willsden Junction Buddleia at Willesden Junction

 The plant can cause damage to buildings, such as crumbling brickwork – its tiny wind-blown seeds can germinate in decaying mortar.

And the problems…

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Naturelog: Leighton Moss

More of Petes lovely photos this time Leighton Moss

Pete's Favourite Things

The RSPB reserve at Leighton Moss near Carnforth in Lancashire consists of a number of Reed-beds and lakes. It is famous as the breeding site for Bitterns and Marsh Harriers.





We came across this pheasant dozing by the path side and it refused to move even when we walked past it


We also saw red deer but regrettably not close enough to photograph them and so this is the only one which would pose for us.


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A Red Prairie

Saw this on the Bluebell last year, had to look twice to work out what it was!

Loco Yard

2014 Bluebell Railway - Sheffield Park - GWR Small Prairie 2-6-2T Metropolitan Railway L.150 5521As part of the London Underground’s 150th celebration’s last year, prairie tank 5521 was painted in (albeit historical incorrect) Metropolitan lined red colours and numbered L.150.  Prairie tank’s were never owned or run by London Transport, which (to be fair) is something that has been made clear by all parties. 

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