Ainsdale

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. Round-leaved Wintergreen. An increasingly rare evergreen herb that in north-west England is Read More …

The Spring of Hope

Seems like ages ago when I last updated the blog with events closer to home. Really impressed with Grow Wild’s project “A Tale of Two Cities” and the wildflower seeding along Princess Road in south Manchester. Hopefully it’ll catch on and replaces the mown grass Read More …

In the Meadow

Marbled Whites mating on a Yarrow flowerhead at Durlston Country Park, Dorset. An incredible sight with clouds of Marbled Whites erupting from a kaleidoscope of flowers as we walked slowly through the meadows. Heading uphill towards the western boundary the summer pasture was punctuated by Read More …

Assimilate

The English Sundew the largest of our 3 native sundews at Spur Bog, Studland. With a preference for calcium rich soil, the underlying sand complete with the remains of millions of tiny seashells, allows the wetter areas of Spur Bog to provide the ideal conditions Read More …

Grub up

Following on from the heat of mid-week a day off work was the ideal opportunity to take a trip to the seaside. Torn between Ainsdale and Morecambe Bay we headed west to the sand dunes of Ainsdale National Nature Reserve. Upon arrival it was noticeable Read More …