It’s all too easy to go looking for wild spaces then focus on the birds and mammals, or the insects. The animals in other words. But that does a dis-service to the botany, the various plants that are the foundation of any natural environment.
Plants fix energy from the sun, and in doing so form the root of any food chain/web. No plants, no insects, no birds, no mammals.
Our local riverbank is currently dominated, at least in terms of flowers, by two things. Wild Geraniums (or Cranes-bill), and Russian Comfrey.
There are also plenty of nettles, grasses, and a goodly amount of Cow Parsley.
Incidentally, I plant some of these wild species in my own garden, because it’s great for pollinators and the equal of any showy plant from a garden centre! For instance, here are more wild geraniums:
As a bonus to end the post, because they were sat wondering why I was photographing flowers, here are a couple of Goldfinches stocking up for the evening: