Rare bloom flourishes on Sheffield moorlands

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An endangered plant has been found to be flourishing on a Sheffield nature reserve after a summer survey by volunteers.

The bog asphodel flower is in decline nationally due to loss of habitat caused by drainage of wet areas.

But it is thriving on the Blacka Moor reserve near Totley, with more than 3,000 flower spikes found during July.

The attractive yellow flower can be found in mire or bog and can be seen from June to August.

When they fruit in autumn, the plants turn deep orange, changing the appearance of the area, such as Blacka Moor’s Cowsick Bog. Nabil Abbas, for Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, said: “It is great news that the bog asphodel flower is doing so well at Blacka Moor given its national decline.”

The survey which recorded the bog plant spikes was carried out as part of a review of the wildlife nature reserves being carried out for a new moor management plan.

A drop-in session to discuss the plan is being held on Saturday, September 13, from 8am until 4pm at Stoney Ridge Road car park, Blacka Moor.

An evening session will be held on Thursday, September 18, from 7pm to 9pm, at Abbeydale Sports Club.