Flora & fauna

‘In a world of increasing ecological fragility, there has been no more important moment to focus on the health of nature and what it means to us as human beings, and how we relate to it.’ – Lord Edward Manners.


Flora comes from the Latin word for flower, and derives from Flora, the Roman goddess of spring and flowering plants.

Rare or endangered discovered
within the Park:

Brown Sedge
Clustered bellflower
Common Meadow rue
Dark Mullein
Marsh arrowgrass
Mountain currant

Narrow Buckler-fern
Pale willowherb
Various-leaved water starwort
Wood Club-rush
Marsh orchids

With such ancient lineage, minimal human disturbance and a variety of habitats within Haddon’s Medieval Park, it is of no surprise that a vast range of plant species live within it. There are marshland plants, woodland plants, hedgerow plants, riparian plants, grassland plants, and swamp vegetation.

Most important is the rarity and vulnerability of much of the flora contained within Haddon’s Medieval Park, and how we move forward to protect these scarce or endangered species.

Continuous study of this subject is required but within our first survey, undertaken by Penny Anderson Associates, a number of nationally threatened and scarce, and locally scarce plant species were found within the park.