|The last of the Northern Marsh Orchids|
It was more a question of just getting there on time to see the remnants of this year's Marsh Orchids with the majority already going well over. It was nice to enjoy the beautiful "magenta" marvels of the few that were still on offer.
The status of the Pyramidals had changed a little and out of the three previously recorded populations, one population had disappeared completely, whilst another population which only had one flower previous had grown up to five flowers, and the last population towards the A6070 had 7 well spaced flowers whereby previously they had always been closely bunched.
|Early Meadow Brown Butterfly|
A Lesser Whitethroat and Chiffchaff could be heard calling. Also had my first Ringlet and Meadow Brown Butterflies. Also Large Skippers were present.
Other species noted were Ragged Robin and lots of Imperforate St John's Wort, Scarlet Pimpernel, Teasel, Forget Me Knots, Thistles and patches of Spring Cinquefoil.
Self Heal adding much colour.
|Carnforth's Bee Orchids|
I checked out the main area for the Marsh Helliborines, which has expected still have drooping heads and will be another three weeks before they are at their best, but still good populations to show.
Still looking out for the Blue Fleabane and the Common Broomrape, but they do seem to have dissapeared from the site.
Nice to be serenaded throughout by the Lesser Whitethroat.
Feeling peckish by 1300hrs we decided to have lunch at the "Waters Edge" near to the Dockacres just to fuel up a little before we drove off to the Plain Quarry Car Park to then commence our long trek up onto the Hutton Roof Complex to discover lots more wild and wonderful beauties on offer.
"Another cracking day"........
|A Common Spotted Orchid|
|"Normandina pulchella lichen found in Dalton Crags" photo: Mike Gosling|
The three of us had a fabulous day, although now I wish I had taken along my "Latin Dictionary", but they have been so kind as to forward a "great list" of the varied species we saw on the day of which some are extremely rare, some rare and some more common, and each habitat had its varied contributions. They do intend to visit again in the next couple of weeks to check out the rare Epipactis Schmalhauseneii and other Epipactis specimens, and maybe they will add even more species to the list.
So for anyone interested here is the brilliant report of species found so far:
Location: Dalton Crags and Hutton Roof Crags - Date: 11 June 2014
Recorders: Mike Gosling and Jeremy Steeden
Habitat: Limestone pavement and crags, grassland, trees and walls, and some acid (loess) pockets.