Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Monday, 29 June 2020
Sunday, 28 June 2020
We clambered into the damp wood. This Water avens greeted us, it was about 3 feet tall.
Bird's nest orchid. It is not past its best, this is how it looks. It hasn't flowered here since 2012. Nearby were 3 Broad leaved Helleborines but they are not flowering.
After the scramble back through thigh high damp ferns and over rotting tree trunks on steep banks we walked back through the graveyard field strewn with hundreds of Common spotted orchids we walked down on to the shore to look for the Thyme Broomrape.
It was lovely to see the Hare on the rocky shoreline - every time we come down here we see him/her. P had given good instructions and S spotted them first (see extras) on the cliff face, on a ledge. They are a distinctive rusty colour and only a couple of inches high. (If you view the extras large you should be able to spot where it was!) Another first for me.
So far we have seen 11 of the 14 orchids found on the farm this year, with only Bog, Lesser twayblade and Early marsh to go.
This afternoon Friends of Calgary Beach met to discuss what to do with the toilets and campsite this year, and it was decided it was safer to keep them open because if we didn't who knows what mess will follow. So they were pressure washed and cleaned while the rest of us beach cleaned and some removed last winter's storm damaged fencing.
Saturday, 27 June 2020
Birds foot trefoil
St Johns wort
Wood bitter vetch
Greater butterfly orchid
Small white orchid
Many unknown Hawkweeds
And the Butterflies and Moths we saw:
Small pearl bordered Fritillary
Dark green Fritillary
Six spot Burnet moth
Yellow shell moth
I wish I could adequately capture the feeling of standing on a bank with such colourful and scented beauty at ones feet. The eye seems to work on two levels, appreciating the whole and the detail all at once. I certainly cant get my camera to come anywhere close but I keep trying.
We both saw a Grayling which was exciting for me. And lots of Dark green fritillary, Meadow brown and Common blue. Found a new flower for me which I think is Procombent pearlwort but I need to check first.