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Name: Common Gorse

Description: Common gorse is widespread across the UK in a variety of habitats, including woodland, under-grazed grassland, heaths and coastal habitats. Look out for its flowers from January to June, although its peak flowering time is April and May. Several bird species take shelter in gorse bushes as they are so dense and provide great protection during harsh weather. Gorse flowers are a good source of nectar for bees and butterflies. Folklore states that when gorse is out of bloom, you should not kiss your loved ones. But, as the different species of gorse bloom throughout the year, it can usually be found year-round.

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