Sunday, 13 March 2022

Brantwood, Coniston (Friday 11th March 2022) DIARY NOTES


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How can one not love Ruskin's Brantwood on the banks of the Coniston? a special place with lots of different things to see on every visit! Today it was nice to say hello to the Cave Spiders at Brantwood. It was also a real treat to meet up with friends from both the Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Brantwood.

It was the first time I had actually been around the house itself. Walking into what I considered to be the music room which had a lovely piano and other covered instruments which could well have been a harpsichord and a harp.  I wish I could have played one of the pianos they looked so inviting! 

It was also great to see Linton's Flora in the wall cabinets - To think we were here at the home of Ruskin but also of the lakeland fern pioneer Linton who had started off the fabulous fern collection at Brantwood. 

It's really set out well with ferns from the Polystitchums, Polypodiums, Scolopendriums and lots lots more, the more you looked the more you found and the more interesting the play.

Jamie's a star! he always invites me to Brantwood to try and help with the ferny projects and a lot will be coming off this year especially on the learning front thanks to Anita, Heather and Elizabeth and their team. Also it was great to meet up with young Cumbria Wildlife newbies who are studying and working on the reserves. They are so sharp! I have decided to call them "hawkeyes" because they were so good at finding several camouflaged whilst hidden moths, Beechmast candlesnuff and the rare Cave Spiders. Their keeness overflowed. Its so great to see young people enjoying nature. 

Always nice to meet up with Bethan (Head Gardener) who is always busy with a pair of secateurs on the ready and today she made herself busy pruning the rare hybrid Polypodium x montanie ? (cultivar)

Cave Spiders

Beechmast candlenuff

Polypodium x mantoniae 


If you want the most up to date blogs about birding and vismig and other stuff please click over this link:

12th Feb 2021 - Just starting to see new growth etc

Thr 11th February 2021 - Early movement and Spring Bird Migration over Burton In Kendal.

Tues 9th February 2021 - Intertwined

17th Dec 2020 - Finding a new Polypodium cambricum on HRoof Crags

Thursday 19th November 2020 - Nice stroll or wander with fabulous wonders and my December copy for the local magazine - SEE BLOG BELOW THESE LINKS.....


Another recent blog on"The best moments of vis so far this year - click here

 2020 Visible Bird Migration records 

"Strange Polypodium Interjectum found in Burton (17th Oct 2020)

Cloud and Sunrise photo blog - click here

The new Orchid book "Britains Orchids" by Sean Cole and Mike Waller - please click this link for details.

Varieties of our local Hutton Roof Gentians and the reason for the 50/50 Purple and White, plus my research survey results. Plus "Upland Enchanters Nightshade (circae x intermedia)

 More Autumn Gentian photos (2020) can be seen here