Primroses are a sure sign that spring is on the way. They are a hardy plant and in mild years you might see little golden pockets of them on the south-facing embankments surrounding the wetlands from as early as December onwards.
They are an important part of the biodiversity of Grimsargh Wetlands, and butterflies love them as they are a wonderful source of nectar and much needed food for many pollinators after the long winter.
In Irish Folklore putting primroses at the front of your door, protected you from any unwanted fairies!
Primrose facts and statistics
• Up to 10 cm tall
• Grow in clusters
• Strong and hardy
How to identify
Easily recognisable from their creamy white flower with a stunning golden centre. They are low lying and grow in clusters. The leaves grow around the flower in a rosette shape.
• Woodland areas
• Forest clearings
• Wild grassland
• Occasionally gardens
Ways to help
Careful grazing of farmland helps to protect the habitat for the primrose, as well as coppicing, and scrub clearance. The latter is something that you can get involved in helping with by volunteering with us here at Grimsargh Wetlands.