All three found on the South Downs by Beachy Head this month. Can they be identified from my pictures.
I'm not sure...
- Pignut, Conopodium majus
- Cow parsley, Anthriscus+sylvestris
There are a few lowland British wild species of Alchemilla, but (yes pinemarten) this one is the Lady's mantle of gardens, Alchemilla mollis.
Wood avens, also called herb bennett, Geum urbanum (not Geum x intermedium).
It seems out of place at Beachy Head, though. Usually, it is a plant of woods and hedgerows.
Sometimes woodland plants persist long after the woods have been cleared; it happens with bluebells, for instance.
These plants, as well as some species that actually occur in woodlands, are called ancient woodland indicator (AWI) species.
Many accounts of AWIs don't mention Geum urbanum; but you may still find these accounts interesting:
Thanks Mike. I think you are right with the Geum. All my books only show the lower leaves of the plant, not the upper ones in my pictures.
Beachy Head has a good variety of habitats including some very old woodlands near the town. I have also seen these plants around the town in good numbers growing at the foot of walls and buildings.