ST7921 : Ivy, St Michael and All Angels Church, Stour Provost

taken 10 years ago, near to Stour Provost, Dorset, Great Britain

Ivy, St Michael and All Angels Church, Stour Provost
Ivy, St Michael and All Angels Church, Stour Provost
Ivy is an excellent winter food source for birds. The ivy blooms near the end of the year, usually around November. Although its flowers are small and inconspicuous, they attract many late-flying insects. These provide tasty nibbles for birds such as the wren, dunnock, robin and blue-tit.
Later on, when the ivy berries turn black, they will be gobbled up the blackbirds and wood-pigeons. Winter visitors such as redwings and fieldfares will also benefit from this late feast, especially it it has been a hard winter.
Common Ivy was used by mediaeval herbalists to treat the bloody flux. Today, its modern use is not recommended internally as it can cause the destruction of red blood cells. The leaves however, are used by master herbalists as poultices for boils and abscesses.
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Date Taken
Monday, 26 February, 2007   (more nearby)
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Monday, 26 February, 2007
Category
Church   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 794 215 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:59.5893N 2:17.6767W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 794 215
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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