Morecambe Bay

Morecambe Bay at low tide.
The parasitic Autumn Lady’s-Tresses Autumn Lady’s-Tresses - flower spike.
Autumn Lady’s-Tresses the last of our native Orchids to flower in early September. In common with many other Orchids it actually survives underground as a parasite on various types of fungi. After approximately 8 years the flower spikes appear with flowering taking place every 3 years. This year we were fortunate to find at least 700 flower spikes in the grass at Jack Scout, Silverdale.
Eyebright Devil’s Bit Scabious
Eyebright – another plant typical of limestone grassland. Supposedly a few drops from this will make your eyes sparkle. Not to be advised though because its also poisonous. Devil’s Bit Scabious – once considered a cure for blindness with a high price to pay. More info…
Organic mowing machine - 1 cow power. Banish those fleas.
Surprising to see this chap grazing the grassland. Fortunately he prefers the longer grass to the short grass on the sea-facing rocky outcrops. Fleabane. So called because if the dried stems are collected and burnt they supposedly help drive fleas away. Hmmm… not to be tried at home!

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