The Lye Valley and the “twinkling stars in the shadowy grass...” | University of Oxford

The Lye Valley and the “twinkling stars in the shadowy grass...”

Judy Webb
Event date
Event time
Botanic Garden
Rose Lane
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
£8 per talk or £36 for all 5
Disabled access?
Booking required

The Lye Valley, formally known as Hogley Bog, is a surprising and little known hot spot of wildlife biodiversity, a habitat for stunning wildflowers and spectacular insects in the centre of the City of Oxford. Beautiful marsh helleborine orchids are thriving here, within just a few metres of housing, and an important, historic, population of Grass-of-Parnassus is recovering to good numbers. Oxford botanists since the 1650s have loved this site and it was a favourite of photographer Henry Taunt, whose description of the Grass of Parnassus is quoted in the title. This is the story of a rare, ancient, wetland fen community, which has been fed by lime-rich spring water for thousands of years. It is one of the most important heritage sites within the city.

All Summer Lectures start at 6.30pm in the Daubeny Lecture Theatre (at
 the front of the Botanic Garden) and are followed by a drinks reception in the Botanic Garden.