National Treasure

Scots Pine in limestone pavement at Gait Barrows
Scots
Pine growing in the limestone pavement at Gait Barrows National Nature Reserve. 
The dry conditions result in Pines and Ash trees that typically grow extremely slowly. Naturally stunted many of these trees are several hundred years old.
It wouldn't be Spring without a Primrose
Primrose
– the foodplant for the caterpillars of the Duke of Burgundy.
Interesting hole from a nearby woodland
An
interesting looking hole in a nearby woodland.
More holes
Yet
another hole on the edge of a local woodland
Reindeer Moss
Reindeer
Moss
An important source of food for Reindeer/Caribou. Typically found in the pine forests and tundra of the far north. Incredible that a small amount of it has survived at Gait Barrows since the retreat of the glaciers 15,000 years ago. In common with many other lichens it rarely grows more than 5mm per year.
Scarlet Elf Cups
A
couple of Scarlet Elf Cups growing on the floor of a nearby woodland.
It appears to have been a reasonably good year for Elf Cups. Unfortunately the majority of the ones closer to home were either picked or trampled by the scourge of the local woodland – the Fungi Forager.