Saturday, 23 July 2016

Lindisfarne ... in July?

An early start arriving at Holy Island a couple of hours before crossing was possible. Targets were shorebirds on the retreating tide then plants on the island. The waders did not materialise (although hundreds were seen on the distant shore).

So target plant was Lindisfarne Heleborine. Several photos were published on ‘Twitter’ this week so I tried to find them. It took three hours of criss-crossing the island. Finally I found a few spikes, past their best in terms of flowers. They were smaller and less obvious than I had expected, but I was really pleased to find them without help.

The morning on the Island was exhausting but the plants and butterflies were well worth the trip.

  1. Musk Thistle Carduus nutans
  2. … with Dark Green Fritillary Mesoacidalia aglaja
  3. Marsh Helleborine
  4. Camera Bug (Frog Hopper)
  5. Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis)
  6. Roe Deer
  7. Goat’s Beard Tragopogon pratensis
  8. Cotton-grass Eriophorum angustifolium
  9. Grass-of-Parnassus Parnassia palustris
  10.  Lindisfarne Helleborine
  11. Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus
  12. Round-leaved Wintergreen Pyrola rotundiflora

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