Ornithopus perpusillus. Little white bird’s foot.

Life-form & Growth Form:

Therophyte. Annual. Little/ no vegetative spread. 

Flowering period: 

May to July.


Short, open grassland. Rock outcrops. Sand dunes. Bare earth within dry heathland. Drought-prone sunny banks. Mostly lowland, on free-draining acidic sands and gravel.  


Cessation of quarrying activities. Cessation of sand extraction works. Cessation of arable farming. A scarcity of past records indicates strongly that it has likely always been a rare species in Northern Ireland.  

Static distribution map:
Ornithopus perpusillus
Ornithopus perpusillus
For an interactive map follow this link to the BSBI webpage