Scientific name: Ulex europaeus
Size: Grows to a height of 200cm
Distribution: Found throughout the UK
Flowering Months: All year
Habitat: Heathland, roadsides, scrubland
Special features: An evergreen shrub covered with rigid spines. There are three varieties of gorse found in the UK; the Common Gorse (shown above), the Western Furze (Ulex gallii) and the Dwarf Furze (Ulex minor). At any time of the year at least one species of gorse is in bloom.
If you stand beside a gorse bush in summer you can hear the seed pods popping open. The heat of the sun dries them out, and as they crack open they twist and flick the seeds up to three metres from the parent plant.
Amphibians, Bats, Badgers, Beetles, Birds, Birds of Prey, Bumble Bees, Butterflies, Caterpillars, Cave Spiders, Creepy-Crawlies, Deadly Spiders, Dolphins, Dragonflies, E-Postcards, Extinct Wildlife, False Widow Spiders, Freshwater Life, Frogs, Fungi, Garden Spiders, Gift Shop, Glow-Worms, Grey Squirrels, Hedgehogs, House Spiders, Ladybirds, Lizards, Longworth Mammal Traps, Mammals, Marine Mammals, Marine Wildlife, Moths, Newsletter, Newts, Owls, Reptiles, Photography, Seals, Scorpions, Shop, Snakes, Spiders, Swans, Toads, Trees, Wasp Spiders, Whales, Wild Flowers, Wildlife Hospitals