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EFC Centre at Wat Tyler Country ParkOur centre is available for visits on a pre-booked basis on Wednesdays between 10am - 4pm. The Club’s activities and displays are also usually open to the public on the first Saturday of the month 11am - 4pm.

Common stork's-bill

Common stork's-bill (Erodium cicutarium) can be found in acidic habitats eg roadsides and wasteland, or sand dunes.

The leaves are pinnate and may be quite hairy, especially on the underside. Hairs may also be found along the stem.

The flowers are usually over 10mm in diameter and can be white to pink-purple.

The flowers turn into seedheads which are known as beaks, 15-40mm in length.

References: Poland, J. And Clement, E. (2020) The Vegetative Key to the British Flora, 2nd edition. Division SM.

Rose, F. (2006) The Wildflower Key. The geranium family, p322. Revised by O'Reilly, C.