Biodiversity

Cuthill Park Species List (5th Oct 2016, compiled by Roger Powell & Jen Newcombe of East Lothian Council Ranger Service)

Trees
Wych Elm
Pedunculate Oak
Lime sp.
Elder
Hawthorn
Sycamore 

Fungi
Coral Spot Fungus
Tar Spot Fungus 

Woodland plants
Convulvulus sp
Hedra helix
Dog rose
Common nettle
Bramble
Cat's Ear sp. 
Spear thistle 
Common cleavers 
Willowherb sp.  

Grassland plants 
Yarrow
Cock's foot
Creeping thistle
Dandelion
White clover
Buttercup sp.
Ribwort plantain 
Sorrel sp.
White deadnettle 
Round-leaved Plantain
Groundsel
Dock sp.
Perennial ryegrass 
Herb Robert 

Invertebrates
Centipede
Harvestman
Plain Golden Y moth
Hover flies x 2 sp.
Woodlouse
Snails
Silverfish
Common wasp
Springtail 



Within the park, East Lothian Council have planted wildflower meadows comprising:
  • Cornflower
  • Corn Marigold
  • Corn Poppy
  • Mayweed

In the summer, these are alive with bees and butterflies.

Along the boundary with the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club, you can find dog roses and elder.

Around the lone sycamore at the brow of the hill, the community has helped to plant:
  • Crocuses (Ruby Giant, Remembrance)
  • Hyacinths (Purple Sensation)
  • Tulips (Queen of Night, Curly Sue)

The following variety of apple trees have been planted along the north wall of the garden:
  • Spartan
  • Scotch Dumpling
  • Scrumptious
  • Egremont Russet
  • Worcester Pearmain
  • James Grieve
  • Fiesta
  • Laxton's Superb
  • crab apples
together with a
  • Williams' bon chr├ętien pear
Within the beds of the garden are a variety of shrubs and plants including:

Begonia Odorata Pendula ("pink delight")
Gladiolus Nova Lux
Dahlia Dutch Explosion
Dahlia Santa Claus
Dahlia Playa Blanca
Lavender
Ceanothus
Peony
Heathers

The edge of the garden is bordered with a hedge of:
  • Hazel
  • Blackthorn
  • Crab Apple
  • Dog Rose
  • Elder
Within the Woodland Learning Zone, we have planted:
  • narcissus
  • snowdrop (galanthus flore plena)
  • crocus.
The edge of this area is kept deliberately 'wild' to encourage wildlife and natural play. 

The Wild Garden Company kindly supplied us with specially drilled wooden tubes to provide shelter for bees and other insects; ladybird attractant, hedgehog food and suet blocks and bird seed.

You may notice feeders in the Woodland Learning Zone.  Feel free to help keep these stocked or add some more feeders so passing birds will know where to find their next meal.

ScottishPower donated some habitat boxes which we erected in the Community Garden.  We were delighted that a family of blue tits took up residence in one of the nesting boxes!

On one of our work days we spotted a shrew!

We would love to hear what you spot in the park.

Email us: friendsofcuthillpark@hotmail.com
or Tweet us your photos @cuthillpark!

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