This lovely summer wildflower is common throughout central UK and Ireland.
Dog roses can be either self supporting or climbers; the tallest specimens invariably use other plants for support. They make wonderful displays in the hedgerows during June and July.
There are several other species of wild rose, including the white Field Rose and the Burnet Rose. Briars, brambles, raspberries and cloudberries are close relatives, while many other wild flowers belong to this family. Wild Strawberries, Wood Avens, Tormentil, Hawthorn and Crab Apple are just a few examples.
The photographs on this page were taken in Newborough Warren National Nature Reserve in Anglesey, North Wales in June.