SO3830 : Ewyas Harold Common

taken 2 months ago, near to Abbey Dore, Herefordshire, Great Britain

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Ewyas Harold Common
Ewyas Harold Common
A track leading to the top entrance to Ewyas Harold Common off Cwm Hill. The track originates from early in World War II when a former sandstone quarry on the common was used for the disposal of waste explosives from the nearby munitions depot built by the Ministry of Supply (in the area now used for the Pontrilas Army Training Area), with the concrete slabs laid to support the lorries.

The trees in the background were planted in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.

In the foreground is a patch of Meadow Saffron or Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale) in flower. An unusual feature of this plant is that by the time it flowers in early autumn, all other visible parts of the plant, such as the leaves, have disappeared, hence another common name, Naked Lady. They occur widely across the Common and are thought to originate from plantings by the monks of Dore Abbey. Compare SO3830 : Ewyas Harold Common when the plants are in leaf.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 7 September, 2021   (more nearby)
Monday, 13 September, 2021
Geographical Context
Grassland  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Near (from Tags)
Abbeydore  Abbey Dore 
Place (from Tags)
Ewyas Harold Common 
Plant (from Tags)
Autumn Crocus  Naked Lady  Colchicum Autumnale  Meadow Saffron 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 382 300 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:57.9088N 2:54.0272W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 382 299
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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