Oxeye Daises

Oxeye Daisy - Theale, Somerset, UK. ID JB_8060

Oxeye Daisy – Theale, Somerset, UK. ID JB_8060

To many countries the oxeye daisy is an invasive species that needs to be controlled.  But luckily for us, in the UK it is a native species that lives happily around our towns and countryside.  In fact, one of the best places to see this super sized daisy maybe your local churchyard – such as here in the village of Theale in Somerset.

Oxeye Daisy – Theale, Somerset, UK. ID JB_9106

Theale church has a stunning location overlooking the English countryside of the Axe River valley towards the small city of Wells.

Oxeye Daisy – Theale, Somerset, UK. ID JB_9003

Often churchyards save a corner for wildlife including daisies.

Oxeye Daisy - Wookey, Somerset, UK. ID JB_7976

Oxeye Daisy – Wookey, Somerset, UK. ID JB_7976

Across at Chantry much of the churchyard is given over to daisies.

Oxeye Daisy - Chantry, Somerset, UK. ID JB_7719

Oxeye Daisy – Chantry, Somerset, UK. ID JB_7719

Oxeye Daisy - Chantry, Somerset, UK. ID JB_7962

Oxeye Daisy – Chantry, Somerset, UK. ID JB_7962

And finally…

The flowers are a good source of nectar for many different insects.  These flesh flies may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they too play a vital role in keeping our countryside beautiful.

Oxeye Daisy - Chantry, Somerset, UK. ID JB_7929

Oxeye Daisy – Chantry, Somerset, UK. ID JB_7929

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2 Responses

  1. Andrew Dawes says:

    Nice images there, especially like the graves from Wookey image. It is a credit to the Highways Authority that they include ox-eye in their verge seed mix. I recall driving through Hampshire and Sussex a few years ago and the verges were stunning – mile upon mile of ox-eye.

    • Jeff Bevan says:

      Hi Andrew, thanks for your comment, they are always interesting. I’m often on the look out for ox-eye daisies along verges and fields. I have seen many beautiful images from other people showing daises around Somerset. I need to get out more next year and search for them. This summer has been so busy for me, these graveyards turned out to be a wonderful find. Jeff

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