Ainsdale

Grass-of-Parnassus
Grass-of-Parnassus amongst the sand-dunes of Ainsdale NNR. Astonishing to see the sheer number of plants growing within the slacks. Also known as the Bog Star.
Grass of Parnassus growing within the dune slacks.
Grass of Parnassus growing within the dune slacks.
Round-leaved Wintergreen. Autumn Gentian
Round-leaved Wintergreen. An increasingly rare evergreen herb that in north-west England is restricted to the dune slacks of the Sefton coast. Autumn Gentian again thriving in the damp, base-rich conditions found in the slacks
Common Earthballs Common Blue on the flower of a Broad-leaved everlasting Pea
Common Earthballs at the base of one of the sand-dunes. Common Blue on the flower of a Broad-leaved everlasting Pea
Grayling
The amazing cryptic camouflage of the Grayling. Surprising to see so many in flight considering the time of year.
Evening Primrose.
Evening Primrose.  First cultivated in Britain in 1629 it quickly escaped and has become naturalised in many areas, particularly on light, sandy soils. Plentiful in the sand dunes at Ainsdale.
Dune Waxcap. Dewberry,
Dune Waxcap. Dewberry, a close relative of the more common Bramble. Nowhere near as prolific.