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These three Meadow Buttercups were photographed in Burntollet Woods – a new area of open access woodlands in County Derry, Northern Irleland.
The botanical name is Ranunculus acris it is also sometimes known as the “tall buttercup” or “Giant Buttercup”.
Burntollet Woods is a 24 hectare (59 acre) area of woodland in Faughan Valley. It was created by The Woodland Trust. It lies between Ness Country Park and Oaks Wood, providing a habitat corridor for wildlife between the two areas of woodland.
Burntollet Woods has been planted with 43,000 native trees – mostly oak but also ash, alder and wild cherry. It also includes an 11 hectare (27 acre) meadow of wild flowers.
The Woodland Trust say that the project was made possible by funding from the NI Environment Agency, The Forestry Service and by public donations including one significant donation by an “anonymous Canadian tree enthusiast”.