Comparison of plant life in two distinct areas of school field.
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I placed a 1m grid on the playing field and one on the wildlife area. I then compared the variety and numbers of plants within the two quadrants. I found that there was a greater variety of plants on the playing field which i assume is partly to do with the fact that the field is regularly trimmed so the stronger grasses are unable to choke out the small low-growing ones. In the wildlife area however there were fewer species and in smaller numbers but the grass was higher and more broad-leaved than on the playing field.
I would guess that your assumption about the mowing is correct. It's possible that the longer vegetation in the wildlife area is supporting more insect life, however, as the greater variety of three-dimensional structure among the plants may provide more places for small creatures to breed and shelter.
The second photo shows leaves of one of the clovers I think, maybe red or white clover, but I'm not good enough at plants to say for certain.
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I am almost sure that the clover is White Clover, Trifolium repens.
The leaf lobes are rounded with a white mark which radiates around the leaf lobes and is not pointed towards the tips.
Lateral leaf veins are translucent, but that is hard to see from the picture.
Would agree with Bellis perennis and Trifolium repens
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