Heathland plants

Bird's-foot-trefoil at Beaulieu Heath


This is a very common plant in any grassy areas of the New Forest, as well as throughout Hampshire and the UK. 

In fact it is one of the more common plants of our countryside. Bird’s-foot-trefoil (also called eggs-and-bacon due to the red and yellow colour of the flowers) will grow in any grassland, but it prefers areas that are kept shorter by grazing or mowing.

It can be found flowering in almost all but the longest grasslands from April through to September.

ID Tip – A low growing plant with bright yellow flowers that are often reddish in bud. The flowers are pea-flower shaped and three to six flowers grow together in a small head. The leaves have three leaflets to them and two more smaller leaflets where the leaf stem joins the main stem.

Bird’s-foot-trefoil has many local names in the UK including eggs-and-bacon, cock-and-hens and granny’s toenails!

  1. Heathland plants
  2. Bird’s-foot-trefoil (you are here)
  3. Bracken
  4. Gorse
  5. Heather
  6. Lousewort
  7. Orchid
  8. Petty whin
  9. Tormentil
  10. Wild gladiolus
  11. Sundew


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