Wednesday, 2 January 2019


Thursday 31st January 2019 - Vicarage Ln, Burton In Kendal

Here we have the same plant as yesterday (Polypodium Interjectum - biffid) but showing a triple split pinnae which was shown on several pinnae over three separate fronds
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Wednesday 30th January 2019 (from September 2018)

Polypodium Interjectum Bifid (Click over to enlarge)

The verdict has come back on this rarity - although the bifid in the vulgare might be more frequent it is quite a rarer find to see it in the Interjectum.

Saturday 27th January 2019 - Some of our past "lighter" alternatives

Top: EPO - Albino, Autumn Gentian, Wild Thyme, Ragged Robin
Bottom: Milkwort, Herb Robert, Betony, Dark Red Helleborine


Wednesday 23rd January 2019 - Holme Stinted Pastures

"Daphne on Ice" and Bullrush pond (Click over to enlarge)

The Daphne Mezereone is doing well with several flowers and should be a lovely sight within the next few weeks.  Also the frogs will be making there way to the  "bullrush" pond in about a months time.


Thursday 17th January 2019 - Lancelot Clark Storth (Cumbria Wildlife) (below)

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Small selection of todays "wealth" which shows various fungi, the beautiful pavements bare of
vegetation, a Roebuck discarded antler and another shot of the "albino" Early Purple Orchid
rosette which is still at about 1" diameter.

Monday 14th January 2019 - Clawthorpe Fell (Low)

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includes fungi's, Cladonia lichen growing on top of Wall Rue fern, late 1800's drilling bore hole
competition, Stonecrops, Buddlea etc

Several Nuthatches (collective on Curwen Wood side), Great Tits singing at their best 


Friday 11th January 2019 - Bird reports from Robert Ashworth (Kendal) of his recent sightings in Dalton Crags and Hutton Roof complex 

include: Woodcock, Fieldfare, Marsh Tit, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Goldcrest
Meadow Pipit, Snipe and Great White Egret (Egret seen heading to NNE, from near the
farm at the South End of Burton on 12th December 2018

Thursday 10th January 2019 - Lancelot Clark Storth, Hutton Roof West (Cumbria Wildlife)

Three for the price of one!! (click over to enlarge)

Top Left: a beauty showing 3 different fungi, the top right shows the underside,
Middle LH is again a different type of fungi, mid right is a fallen tree with
old bracket fungi mossed over. Bottom Left and right - very old bracket type
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This was a very special Holly Tree which I found today whilst in woodland
 within Lancelot Clark Storth (Cumbria Wildlife). It reminded me
of those trees shown on telly and in books when you were a child,
 which had eyes and waved their arms about and frightened you to death
 - but honestly I could see "deer faces" CAN YOU SEE ANY DEER FACES?
 You need to stare at the photo and look from different angles.
I have found four and they are Roes. If you want more photos look below:

This photo shows: Seal or Otter, Roe Deer, Cattle face etc 

Besides these fungi and holly tree "wonders" I was also privileged to
see a "charm" of 13 Goldfinches

Wednesday 9th January 2019 - Lancelot Clark Storth, Hutton Roof West (Cumbria Wildlife)

Some nice fungi on decaying tree branches within Lancelot Clark Storth, Hutton Roof
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Bottom Right: Mycoacia fuscoatra? (not common)

Also Marsh Tits calling with their deep fluty calls from two separate areas


Tuesday 8th January 2019 - Holme Stinted Pastures - Hutton Roof NW

Fungi spotted on the side of a "hawthorn" trunk
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Fungi type thought to be: "Phellinus family"

Daphne Mezereone on Holme Stinted Pastures 8th Jan 2019 (Click over to enlarge)
already so early we have 6 flowers and plenty of buds in readiness, must now check out
on a two to three week basis


Saturday 5th January 2019 - Checking out Hutton Roof East Side

A collage of some of the fabulous sights (Click over to enlarge)

The top photos are some Turkeytail which I found on the footpath just before going over into Park Wood.  I have also taken a photo showing the underside of the same fungi.  On the way there were lots of Cladonia. A really nice fresh (but obviously old) Herb Robert was showing. Also the green flowers were coming through within a fissure of a boulder. So beautiful is the large runelled pavements to the East side of the Rakes.  Also shows some of the "tanglement of branches embroiled with moss. A successful branch from one of our Daphne Mezereone (but there is also some bad news - read on)

The best blooming Daphne on Hutton Roof East (see photo below) looks to me that it has died which means all three now out of that colony have now died off over the past four years and we are only left with one on the outside which seems to be doing well and probably has over 100 fresh buds, whilst the other four on the inside are all doing OK and have moderate buds (up to 40 each plant). This species is so vunerable.

 Daphne Mezereone photo from 2015 (Click over to enlarge)
Sadly on inspection yesterday it seems to have perished

Daphne Mezereone as of yesterday (5th Jan 2019) Click over to enlarge


Friday 4th January 2019 - A beautiful bracket fern "Lumpy Bracket Fungi (Trametes gibbosa)  photos showing undersides etc - Lancelot Clark Storth, Hutton Roof (Cumbria Wildlife)

Also forgot to mention that I was watching Rooks already at their rookery during Christmas week in Burton and again today at Holme.

Today had a mixed party of mainly Fieldfare in Curwen Wood Park today - well over 50 birds

Green Woodpecker today in Dalton Crags.

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A collage made up of yesterdays (3rd Jan 2019)  Lumpy Bracket (Trametes gibbosa) (Click over to enlarge)
Stained green by algae

Thursday 3rd January 2019 - More "Early Purple Orchids" found further across on the fells

Showing Early Purple Orchid rosettes - Left column Jan 3rd and Right column Jan 2nd 2019
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 A beautiful small EPO at about 1" in size - (Click over to enlarge)
If you check out the collage below it shows this same plant and some photos of its ancestry from both 2015 and 2018 - Lets hope it does well

 A beautiful small EPO at about 1" in size - (Click over to enlarge)

 A beautiful small EPO at about 1" in size - (Click over to enlarge)

And here is a beautiful collage of that same plant (Click over to enlarge

Top Left: shows the rosette I had this morning (3rd Jan 2019), top right shows the same plant back in 19th May 2015, Bottom left shows the same plant on 9th May 2018 (with water droplets), and finally to the bottom right hand shows the plant in full maturity last year on 12th May 2018.


Wednesday 2nd January 2019 - My first Orchids of the year (Early Purple Orchid) plus some other real beauties 

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top: Holly Fern No.1 and the rare Southern Polypody (cambricum)
2nd row down: Holly Fern No. 1 close up, and EPO at 1" diameter (2.1.19)
3rd row down: Cladonia on Juniper covered in Ice, and Green Spleenwort (viride)
Bottom: Fungi left is a bracket, not sure about right. 

Today I saw lots of  grouped Blackbirds, a party of half a dozen in Dalton Crags, then about 40 plus in fields and hedgerows alongside Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal.  I have a strange suspicion that these were more than likely to be continental birds.  By the way 99% of the birds were males.

Fabulous to have my first Early Purple Orchid rosettes showing as you can see in the above photo above.

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Tuesday 1st January 2019 - A new collage of all the "Epipactis Atrorubens var: Pallens" which we have on Hutton Roof (and probably the only ones we have within the whole of the UK)

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If you want to check out lots lots more on this very special variety please go to my site by CLICKING HERE.