Alien Encounter

A return to the sand dunes of the Lancashire coastline. Amazing to see the sheer diversity of plants and insects. Amongst the more common native plants an interesting selection of aliens. These include several naturalised garden escapes with the Broad-leaved Everlasting Pea being particularly striking. Read More …

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 …

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Dark Green Fritillary Dark Green Fritillary nectaring on Hawkbit at Ainsdale Dunes Kidney Vetch A classic plant associated with dry grasslands. Although more common on the chalk downs and cliffs the high lime content of the sand dunes allows it to thrive at Ainsdale. Meadow Read More …