|Lesser Meadow Rue - but far different from the norm - Dalton Crags (Click over to enlarge)|
Thursday 1st June 2017 - Dalton No.1 Pavement (low section), Lancelot Clark Storth 0930hrs to 1400hrs
Started off today leaving "Nineteen Trees" and heading up through Storth Wood, Dalton noting a large colony of Hirsutum (Hairy St. John's Wort) on the way up. Then spotting a largish fern I just can't recognise near to the old Summer House. I have called on my ferny learned friend Alec who is currently looking into it. Now heard back from Alec who confirms it has a "Lady Fern" (next but one down photo) Some photos here below:
|Hypericum Hirsutum (Hairy St. John's Wort) - Click over to enlarge|
The largest in the colony of over 30 plants is already at about 16" high
|Quite large fern with two dangling pinnae at the bottom, it is a Lady Fern|
I had now reached Dalton's Pavement No.1 (low level) and this today was my main study area, I wanted in particular to just check out the Angular Solomon's Seal to make sure I had not missed any off the list. I did find one new colony for the records.
|Dalton first main pavement - Low Level (Click over to enlarge)|
|The lovely Scollie (Harts Tongue Fern) - Click over to enlarge|
I wonder what sort of insect is living here?
|The beautiful Robertianum (Limestone Fern) - Click over to enlarge|
|Nationally Rare but locally common Sub-Montana (Rigid Buckler Fern) Click over to enlarge|
|Showing Red oxide in the limestone (Click over to enlarge)|
|Wild Strawberries (Click over to enlarge)|
Moving on and taking a good forestry walk shortcut over into Lancelot I was amazed to note just how much forestry clearing has taken place and now giving good views to the fantastic escarpment.
|Recent forestry clearing is now exposing a beautiful escarpment (Click over to enlarge)|
|"Kinked top Scollies" (Click over to enlarge)|
I will have to get Alec to check them out!
|A Unusual Lesser Meadow Rue (Click over to enlarge)|
|A nobbly tree (click over to enlarge)|
Now over into Lancelot (CWT) and checking out bits and pieces here and there including the Montanums (Pale St. John's Wort) which seem to be doing really well in fact one of the larger ones is already at a colossal 14" tall, but what always takes my eye in particular with Montanum's is how some of them can have that special red tinted leaves which to me looks great. Here is a photo in part showing the leaf colours:
|Montanum upper leaves - note red tinting (Click over to enlarge)|
|"Schmalhauseneii" No.1 (Click over to enlarge)|
Note: lower basal leaves have been partly predated. See next photo for flowerhead
|Schmal No.1 flowerhead (Click over to enlarge)|
|Thyme Leaved Sandwort (Click over to enlarge)|
Some fabulous records from Robert Ashworth (Kendal) of his visit to-day on Hutton Roof
Stonechat - pair seen with at least two young birds in Dalton (brilliant news!), Cuckoo gone quiet and not heard for the last couple of days. At least 15 Painted Lady butterflies seen heading NW and obviously moving through on migration - seen from "Hypericum Way", Dalton deforested and both Lancelot and Burton Fell. Also two Red Admirals tagging on with them. A couple of Small Pearl Bordered Fritillaries seen at the top of Burton Fell suggest recent emerging. Purple and Gold moths seen in Dalton and also Cinnabar. Two new Fly Orchids found and several sprouting Dark Red Helliborines starting to show. (Thank you Robert).
Thursday 1st June 2017 - Swift Watch - Burton Main Street - 1900hrs to 2030hrs
Quiet in a sense with a maximum count of 11 birds, Does not seem to be any activity this year on the Post Office Buildings (as yet), two sites being used in Cocking Yard, We actually did see two of the old established sites at the Royal being used (on the rear elevation) and that was the only confirmed reports we can give. The Starling was yet again being sentinel and on guard at the Manor House protecting what had been a Swift stronghold site in the past.