Bury Wildlife

Plants Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae)

Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae)

Anemone nemorosa Wood Anemone 18/04/2011B Fairly comon in Bury in the right locations. Mere clough, Birtle, Reddisher Wood and Burrs. Flowers early spring.

Anemone apennina Blue Anemone 05/04/2010 B These are garden excapes on a road verge in Ainsworth soon beheaded by a council lawn mower.

Aconitum napellus (monkshood) Native of western Europe and the UK these are usually garden escapes like thios in Ainsworth.

Aquilegia vulgaris Columbine 19/05/2012B. Most of these in Bury are garden escape self sown and they apear to thrive. They can pop up any where.

Aquilegia Vulgaris, 'Winky Weah' Blue And White Double Columbine Thus is another excapee but was quarter of a mile from the nearest house on a mound of ruble in Bury.


Caltha palustris Marsh-marigold 20/02/2013B These inhabit ponds ansd are widespread in Bury flowering in April

Ranunculus ficaria Lesser Celandine 21/04/2013B  THese are even more widespreasd than the last but are a welcome sign of first coulour in Spring.


Ranunculus lingua Greater Spearwort 25/07/2012B This likes ponds and stil water. It is Found in two locations in Bury and Ramsbottom and reported in another  not comon locally and nationaslly seen as scarse. The locationin Bury is under directly under threat from development or if left neglect and intensuive farming as pond comositon changes.

Ranunculus flammula Lesser Spearwort25/07/2012B Very common water loving plant comon in Bury


Ranunculus aquatilis Common Water-Crowfoot02/06/2013B Seen as common nationally pops up arounf Bury.

Ranunculus fluitans River Water-Crowfoot02/07/2013B These are fairly common in the once poluted rivers of Bury. One colony was on the river Irwell in the centre of Radcliffe until sewer improvements removed it. Seen as ocasionasl  nationaly.

Ranunculus omiophyllus Round-Leaved Crowfoot 24/05/2011B Not common in Bury and seen as occasional national. A strong hold for this is the firing range area of Holcombe.

Ranunculus peltatus Pond Water-Crowfoot2 4/05/2011B Seen as occasional nationally but can bef ound in Bury in at least one place near elton


Ranunculus bulbosus Bulbous Buttercup25/08/2011B A garden weed with a pretty flower.

Ranunculus acris Meadow Buttercup25/08/2011B A garden weed with a pretty flower

Ranunculus repens Creeping Buttercup21/04/2013B awful inlawns.

Ranunculus sceleratus Celery-Leaved Buttercup08/07/2012B Likes water with the diagnostic leaves fairly common in Bury in limited numbers.  

Water Lily Family (Nymphaeaceae)

Nymphaea alba White Water-Lily22/06/2013B  Present on a number of ponds in Bury

Nuphar lutea Yellow Water-Lily02/06/2012B Present in Bury

Nymphaea rubra – India red water-lily This is an aquatic escapee. There are mamny varieties. This was in a storm drain at Chorlton Water Park a few years ago. It seems to have disapeared by 2013

Water Milfoil Family (Haloragaceae)

Myriophyllum aquaticum Parrot's Feather28/07/2009B  A rampant escapee from ornamental ponds found in Bury Canal but appears to have been removed or died out.

Myriophyllum verticillatum Whorled Water-Milfoil25/08/2011B Found in canal.

Myriophyllum spicatum (Spiked Water Milfoil) *Occ

Poppy Family (Papaveraceae)

Papaver orientale Oriental Poppy22/06/2013B found in a location in Elton area a garden escape.

Papaver rhoeas Common Poppy21/08/2012B Pops up on open ground anywhere in Bury.

Chelidonium majus Greater Celandine09/07/2013M Another oportunist this was found in Manchester.

Meconopsis cambrica Welsh Poppy25/04/2011B Another Garden escape common in Bury.

Papaver somniferum, the Opium poppy 14/06/10 Trafford at the side of a canal.

Papaver paeoniflorum Poppy Wigan 2014 type of opium poppy.


Fumitory Family (Fumariaceae)

Fumaria muralis Common Ramping-Fumitory14/06/2010M  weed of arable land pops upin south manchster.

Common Fumitory - Fumaria officinalis Weak, low to short scrambling plant, leaf segments flat. Racemes longer than their stalks, flowers numerous, purplish-pink with a reddish-black apex. 7 to 9 mm long. Sepal with irregular teeth. Not common in GM this is from Wigan Flashes.