Tuesday 24th July 2018 - Hutton Roof (CWT reserves with Wal and Andrew) 1100hrs to 1400hrs
Doing a rekki around Lancelot Clark Storth and Burton Fell. Lots of areas burnt out and difficult to find any Birds Foot Sedge (carex ornithopodia) which was still green, all seemed to be frazzled.. Found a few Common Cow wheat hanging on and in the shade of nearby hazel bushes. Just luck managed to find a couple of half descent helleborines in flower, their plumes were slightly at a angle and never managed to straighten past the 11 oclock, but pretty good taking into consideration the current weather situation. Nice photo of Angular Solomons Seal (Polygonatum odoratum) with its dark berries (see photo above).
Saturday 7th July 2018 - Hutton Roof 0900hrs to 1300hrs Various
Last Saturday 7th July 2018 whilst out on Hutton Roof summarising my Orchids, I found a new interesting Scollie which I would probably label var: "Marginatum" and it is very similar to the one we have in lower Dalton Crags. The new specimen is photographed (see above)
|Small Skipper on Clover (Click over to enlarge)|
During the morning I saw literally hundreds of butterflies which included: Scores of Small Skippers, Scores of Dark Green Fritillaries, scores of Ringlets, scores of Meadow Browns, a few Small Heaths, a few Grayling, odd couple of Speckled Woods odds Whites. One incredible rare sighting of a (wait for it!!) Small Tortoisehell. Just where are they all this year? also had a single Red Admiral.
I checked Hypericum Way and could not find any St. John's Wort anywhere, probably gone over ever so quickly or not even bothered to come out this year. Seems strange without seeing it all growing down the margins of the footpath, up to 5 species here and I could not find one. Even checked out the regular Dalton Crags rare Hypericum Montanum (Pale St. Johns Wort) and they had not even bothered to come through this year, neither had the nearby "White" albino Self Heals. Also checked out the escarpment for Brittle Bladder Fern and Asplenium spleenworts, all had died off prematurely because of this weather suffering from severe dehydration.
Birds were so quite throughout, just one short burst of what I thought could have been the Common Whitethroat, and another part call from a Tree Pipit a few Hou-Whit Willow Warbler contacts, Green Woodpeckers x2. As you entered the upper Dalton Crags (deforested) there was a handful of Swifts and the same in Swallows hawking at low height and the Swifts almost flying close as though dive bombing (brilliant stuff!!). I seem to be hearing far more Treecreepers now than I did before!
Checked out the regular spot on Ploverlands to see if I could find any fragrant orchids, but no luck, so moved across the pavements and did a check on our two rare Holly Ferns. No.2 looks OK and has survived the deer (for now) but even here it's usual partnered cousin the Hard Shield Fern had died back and schrivelled away and left the Holly Fern all on its lonesome, a sight like I had never ever seen before (see photo)
|Holly Fern No.2 without its mate the Aculeatum! (Click over to enlarge)|
|Holly Fern No.2 with only four fronds this year (Click over to enlarge)|
A nice atrorubens I found on yet another pavement, just has I was heading
towards Schmalhauseneii No.1
|Broad Leaved Helleborine (Epipactis Helleborine) Click Over to enlarge|
Here is my first one of the year with just the bottom flowers open as yet. I don't recall ever
having one flowering so early in July
Wednesday 4th July 2018 - Park Wood circular - Recci with Peter S 1100hrs to 1400hrs
|Checking out a interesting area with vertical runnels - with Peter Standing (Click over to enlarge)|
Enjoyed doing a recci with Peter S in preparation for the Farleton Festival later in the year.
Some lovely views whilst Peter explained the geological paths that gave rise to our topography and here are a few photos:
|Lovely Betany just coming into flower (Click over to enlarge)|
|Small brook below Park Wood which has lots of lovely flowers and sedges which include:|
Ragged Robin, Water Mint, Marsh Lousewort, Yellow Sedge etc (Click over to enlarge)
|Old Lime Kiln (Click over to enlarge)|
Note the Maidenhair Spleenwort seems to have given up the ghost this year and suffering from severe dehydration just
like so many plants are
|Stunning Thistle with fabulous heads that remind me so much of bonny Scotland!|
|This is one of the rare "Field Maples" in Park Wood (Click over to enlarge)|
and the following photo shows the leaves.
|Leaves of the Field Maple (Click over to enlarge)|
|Peter's latest GeoTrail Book which is now available.|
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Plenty of nice butterflies on show today whilst on the Fells including lots of the larger Dark Green Fritillaries, Grayling, Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Small Heaths, and Speckled Woods whilst on way up through the Woodland areas.
Again sweltering up there and the heat is bouncing back off the limestone, but did a simple check out of the regulars at 33,55,15, all escarpment specimens etc and here are some of the photos today:
|This is Specimen Escarp 12 which is considered a Schmalhauseneii (Click over to enlarge)|
This one always seems to do OK its sort of hidden
|Again Specimen 12 close up (Click over photo to enlarge)|
|Just found this one hiding behind a hazel (Click over to enlarge)|
A beautiful little specimen but struggled to get focus.
Sunday 1st July 2018 - Hutton Roof checking out orchids with Mr and Mrs. Alan S. 1000hrs to 1400hrs