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Snippets of Wealth (August 2018)

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Tuesday and Wednesday mornings August 7th and 8th 2018 - Holme Stinted Pastures and Holme Park Fell. "Red Kite and Willow Warblers" In fairness, I guess I earnt my soaking this morning, it came just as we arrived at the high point on the Holme Park Fell. My purpose was twofold, first I wanted to check out any possible migrants on the move and Holme Stinted Pastures and Holme Park Fell is a very good place especially for small warblers and then any Wheatears or Whinchats passing through. It was not disappointing with a few Willow Warblers present over the last two mornings, some which you struggled to even get a contact call, but one particular bird that was in quiet song mode and repeatedly would do a full line of its song. There is no way of telling whether these are late resident birds, but I would have expected them to be visitors just calling off on their way back South. Never had any chats today but they will come very soon! Yesterday I had a pleasant surprise over the Stints with a Red Kite high above us and heading North West.
My other challenge today was to check out the regular haunts of the Autumn Gentian which usually grow in good numbers along the tracks of Holme Park Fell, but just has I had thought I was about three weeks too early and has yet no evidence of the little beauties showing.
Along the way had a Dor Beetle sort of staggering from side to side as they do whilst negotiating their many hurdles! A single Grayling butterfly and a splash of colour with small clumps of Wild Thyme and also Squinancywort, and Ploughman’s Spikenard


Also below we have the programme for the forthcoming festival.
  FARLETON and HUTTON ROOF   MEET THE VILLAGES FESTIVAL      
FOUR DAYS of FREE Talks, Walks, Tours, Workshops, Family Events and Exhibitions
Friday September 14th – Monday September 17th, 2018
Events organised by the Landscape Trust - a charity with over 1100 members supporting the AONB

VENUE 1 – BURTON MEMORIAL HALL, Main Street, LA6 1NA Exhibition Farleton to Dalton; Burton to Hutton Roof.  All Lectures all held here except FL1. Families Events Moths & Bats are across the road at Burton Morewood School.
VENUE 2 – HUTTON ROOF VILLAGE HALLLA6 2PH – Exhibition All about Hutton Roof, Lecture FL1 Geotrail launch
FULL EVENT BRIEFINGS – from burtonweb.org.uk or huttonroof.org.uk or arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk              BOOKING FOR WALKS IS ESSENTIAL  read the walk briefing – then email    LTevents@arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk 

BOOKING CODES
TIME
EVENT
Leaders or Organisers
VENUE or START
FRIDAY September 14th, 2018 – FOCUS ON THE HUTTON ROOF AREA                                                                                      HUB HUTTON ROOF VILLAGE HALL
FW1    3-mile walk
Friday
0930 - 1200
Sandstone Secrets
Vic Parsons (geologist)
HR Village Hall  
FW2    2-mile walk
Friday
1000 - 1200
The Rakes - a limestone gem at Hutton Roof
Peter Standing (karstologist)
HR Village Hall 
E1    Exhibition HR
Friday
1130 - 1800
All about Hutton Roof
Hutton Roof Villagers
HR Village Hall
FL1               lecture
Friday
1230 - 1300
Geography of Hutton Roof Parish
Peter Standing (geographer)
HR Village Hall
B1       lunch buffet
Friday
1300 - 1400
Hutton Roof Geotrail Launch and Buffet
Hutton Roof Villagers
HR Village Hall
FW3    1-mile walk
Friday
1400 - 1600
Hutton Roof Village History
Kath Hayhurst (local historian)
HR Village Hall 
TOUR 1      history
Friday
1600 - 1630
St John’s Church, Hutton Roof
Ann Huntington (warden)
HR Village Hall
WORKSHOP 1
Friday
1645 - 1715
Researching Hutton Roof with 1Gb B4RN
Peter Standing & Eve Simpson
HR Village Hall
TOUR 2       history
Friday
1800 - 1900
Lupton Mill
Kate & Simon Boissier Wyles
Lupton Mill
SATURDAY September 15th, 2018 – EVENTS ACROSS THE AREA
TOUR 3  self-guide
festival
dawn - dusk
Dalton Woodland Burial Ground short walk
Plan by Francis Mason-Hornby
Dalton, LA6 1NJ
FW4   4-mile walk
Saturday
0900 - 1130
Farleton Knott North
Philip Storey (ex- Farletonian)
Dukes Bridge
FW5   3-mile walk
Saturday
0900 - 1130
Woodbine Turtle & Newbiggin Crags
Mike Warren (Landscape Trust)
Top of Fell Road
FW6   3-mile walk
Saturday
0900 - 1115
Flora - Plain Quarry to Hutton Roof Crags
Bryan Yorke (botanist)
Plain Quarry
FW7   1-mile walk
Saturday
1000 - 1200
Holme Park Quarry LNR & Clawthorpe NNR
Sylvia Woodhead (geographer)
Entrance to LNR
TOUR 4       history
Saturday
1000 - 1130
St James Church, Burton in Kendal
Kath Hayhurst (local historian)
Burton Church
F1      Family Event
Saturday
1000 - 1130
Moth Trap Revealed – Live Displays
Irene Mower (moth supremo)
Burton School
F2      Family Event
Saturday
1100 - 1200
Bats Displays
Gail Armstrong (bat lady)
Burton School
E2 Exhibition BMH
Saturday
1030 - 1730
Farleton to Dalton; Burton to Hutton Roof
CLOSED DURING LECTURES
Burton Memorial
FL2              Lecture
Saturday
1200 - 1230
Topography & Geology
Peter Standing (geographer)
Burton Memorial
FL3              Lecture
Saturday
1230 - 1300
Man, settlement and transport
Brian Jones (historian)
Burton Memorial
LUNCH
Saturday
1300 - 1345
Lunch Break
With Jan’s Pantry
Burton Memorial
FL4              Lecture
Saturday
1345 - 1415
Flora/Fauna, Hutton Roof & Farleton Knott
Bryan Yorke (botanist)
Burton Memorial
E1 Exhibition HR
Saturday
1400 - 1730
All about Hutton Roof
Hutton Roof Villagers
HR Village Hall
WORKSHOP 2
Saturday
1500 - 1630
Creative Writing
David Craig (creative writer)
Burton Memorial
WORKSHOP 3
Saturday
1630 - 1730
Researching Hutton Roof with 1Gb B4RN
Eve Simpson
HR Village  Hall
FW8    1-mile walk
Saturday
1430 - 1630
Burton Village History
Kath Hayhurst (local historian)
Burton Memorial
FW9    3-mile walk
Saturday
1430 – 1645
Canal and Coke; Road and Rail.
Brian Jones (local historian)
Burton Memorial
FW10  2-mile walk
Saturday
1445 – 1630
Cumbria Wildlife at Lancelot Clark Storth
Ann & Charles Dale (wardens)
Fell Road
FW11  2-mile walk
Saturday
1445 – 1645
Holme Park meets Easter Island
Craig McCoy (Nat Trust Ranger)
Fell Road
FW12  2-mile walk
Saturday
1445 - 1645
Hutton Roof Park and Park Wood
Bryan Yorke & Vic Parsons
Lowther Court
SUNDAY September 16th, 2018 - EVENTS ACROSS THE AREA
FW13  2-mile walk
Sunday
0900 - 1030
Birds of Dalton Crags
Bryan Yorke (ornithologist)
Plain Quarry
FW14  4-mile walk
Sunday
0900 - 1145
Secrets of North Burton
Paul & Mary Bullimore
Burton Memorial
FW15  3-mile walk
Sunday
0900 - 1130
Holme Mills and Mosses
Mike Earl (local expert)
Holme Mills
CHURCH SERVICES
Sunday
ALL WELCOME             Holy Trinity, HOLME 9am - 10.15am                   St James, BURTON at 11am - 12.15 pm
E2 Exhibition BMH
Sunday
1030 - 1730
Farleton to Dalton; Burton to Hutton Roof
CLOSED DURING LECTURES
Burton Memorial
FL5              lecture
Sunday
1200 - 1230
History of Burton Parish
Kath Hayhurst (local historian)
Burton Memorial
FL6              lecture
Sunday
1230 - 1300
Medieval and Post Medieval History
Richard Newman (historian)
Burton Memorial
LUNCH
Sunday
1300 - 1345
Lunch Break
With Jan’s Pantry
Burton Memorial
FL7              lecture
Sunday
1345 - 1415
Literary Landscapes
David Craig (writer & climber)
Burton Memorial
F3      Family Event
Sunday
1330 - 1530
Farming at Farleton
Betty Prickett
Dukes Bridge
E1 Exhibition HR
Sunday
1400 - 1730
All about Hutton Roof
Hutton Roof Villagers
HR Village Hall
FW16  1-mile walk
Sunday
1430 - 1600
Burton Secrets; stone circles and peat bogs
Clive Horsford (local expert)
Burton Memorial
FW17  2-mile walk
Sunday
1445 - 1645
Medieval Settlements around Dalton
Richard Newman (historian)
Russell Farm
FW18  2-mile walk
Sunday
1445 - 1615
Sealford Circuit finishing at Lupton Mill
Eve Simpson (Hutton Roofer)
HR Village Hall 
TOUR 5  boat trips
Sunday
1500 - 1700
Lancaster Canal (guided excursion)   
1 hour special charters; cost £3
Crooklands Wharf
TOUR 6       history
Sunday
1615 - 1715
Lupton Mill (FW18 walkers have priority)
Kate & Simon Boissier Wyles
Lupton Mill
MONDAY September 17th, 2018 – FINAL DAY
FW19  2-mile walk
Monday
1000 - 1230
Dalton Park (mainly for festival volunteers)
Kath Hayhurst  Roger Cartwright
to be advised
FW20     quarrying
Monday
1645 - 1830
Holme Park Quarry
Visitors Car Park at Quarry
Steve Rigby
FL8              Lecture
Monday
1930 - 2045
Man’s use of  Limestone and Sandstone
Peter Standing (geographer)
Burton Memorial


if you want the full 32 page programme for the event please email me and I will send it through to you on a .pdf page.  bryan.yorke@sky.com

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Snippets Of Wealth (July 2018)

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Monday 2nd July 2018 - Hutton Roof checking out orchids with photos etc 0900hrs to 1100hrs

Plenty of nice butterflies on show today whilst on the Fells including lots of the larger Dark Green Fritillaries, Grayling, Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Small Heaths, and Speckled Woods whilst on way up through the Woodland areas.

Again sweltering up there and the heat is bouncing back off the limestone, but did a simple check out of the regulars at 33,55,15, all escarpment specimens etc and here are some of the photos today:

This is yet another of newly found Specimen 55 - A1 (light form)(Click over photo to enlarge)
If you were to take out the red boss colours you would think that
you had yet another rare "Albiflora" with inner transparencies showing.
Maybe it's strange that "albiflora" lives only 8 yards away from this plant
Specimen 55 A (Click over to enlarge)
Yet another beautiful specimen from the 55 family which shows outstanding
contrasting colours on both petal and sepal. Also another unusual feature is
showing the purple fluffy bosses set on a almost white wide epichile.
Specimen duo 40 (Click over to enlarge)
Sadly this is the state of affairs with what should have been the lovely 40 duo
which this is as far as they go and in fact are receding as you see them
they began stunted right from the start, but have obviously given up the
ghost have been like this now for over one week without growth!
reason: severe dehydration. The same is happening with countless specimens

This is Specimen Escarp 12 which is considered a Schmalhauseneii (Click over to enlarge)
This one always seems to do OK its sort of hidden 

Again Specimen 12 close up (Click over photo to enlarge)

Just found this one hiding behind a hazel (Click over to enlarge)
A beautiful little specimen but struggled to get focus.

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Sunday 1st July 2018 - Hutton Roof checking out orchids with Mr and Mrs. Alan S. 1000hrs to 1400hrs

Beautiful 9L
Today showing a lovely dark lower petal and sepals

the Lovely 55a No.2
Recorded for the first time, shows beautiful coloured epichile. It has
arrived from the 55 family which has plenty of Lemon - Petal in its makeup

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Snippets of Wealth (June 2018)

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Friday 1st June 2018 - Lancelot Clark Storth 1200hrs to 1600hrs

Needed to survey this area for the long lost "Fly Orchids".  I must have done it before a hundred times, but just thought with this year being a really good year that maybe!

It turned out OK because I wanted to try and get a photo of the underwing of the Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary butterfly which I did manage to do, although every photo looks very bright.  But I do need this photo to compile a recognition page of distinguishing marks etc between the rare Pearl Bordered and the far more common Small Pearl Bordered.  There are Small Pearl Bordered all over the place at the moment.  I really love this beautifully marked creature it is so special.  I will put a photo on here later today.

Also managed to record a new spot for the "Flea Sedge" just a clump of 6" diameter and nothing at all elsewhere!

All afternoon I could hear distant rumbles of thunder  FINISHED OFF DASHING OUT TO THE COMMON ON HUTTON ROOF CHECKING OUT ORCHIDS!! COME BACK LATER TODAY

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Wednesday 9th May 2018 - Hutton Roof 0900hrs to 1100hrs

A very special Early Purple Orchid - Light phase with a bonus of dewdrops (Click over to enlarge)
Checking out one particular area of Hutton Roof for varieties from the Early Purple Orchids, and although I did find one or two, sadly the wind was far too strong and 90% of my photos are a bit blurred, but over the next few days I should pick a few up.  The one above I like it is a beauty with a "pink wash" over white. Can't say I have ever had that one before. 

Just has I parked up this morning I noticed the "domestic" Angular Solomon's Seal was fully out and when you think the wild or true version is only a shoot of about 2".

Angular Solomon's (domestic version)

Angular Solomon's Seal (proper stuff!)

But what a contrast when you see the difference of growth between the two. Lots of coppicing has taken place in small woodland and Beech woodland on my way up.  Had calling Bullfinch from 3 different areas. And 3 Willow Warblers, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff x1, Nuthatch, Song Thrush, I startled a Buzzard, I had a Roebuck barking at me (getting used to that now!!), took photos of several "varieties" of EPO and found a small population of 6 clumps of Birds Foot Sedge (Carex Ornithopodia). All been gps recorded and put down in the notebook for future reference. 

Birds Foot Sedge (cared ornithopodia)
Early Purple Orchid

Limestone Fern starting out!


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Gait Barrows and The Lots – Silverdale – Tuesday 8th May 2018

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Tuesday 8th May 2018 - Gait Barrows and The Lots - Silverdale 1100hrs to 1300hrs

Green Winged Orchids on the Lots at Silverdale (Click over to enlarge)

Wanted to check out the progress of the Lady's Slipper Orchid for a friend so below are some photos from todays exploits.  Also it gave me chance to check out the Green Winged Orchids and Early Purples on The Lots at Silverdale. A great turn out with one or two variants.

















 All the above photos are showing the progress of the Ladys Slipper Orchid as at 8th May 2018 (Click over to enlarge if required.

And all the photos below are Early Purple Orchids or Green Winged Orchids and their varieties taken from on the Lot on Silverdale on 8th May 2018

Early Purple Orchid - light variety

Early Purple Orchid - Albino variety

Green Winged Orchid (light variety)

Green Winged Orchid (light variety with normal in the background)
Another light phase Green Winged with normals

Green Winged Orchid (light phase)

A nice little patch of Green Winged Orchids

Another light phase Green Winged Orchid
Another light phase Green Winged Orchid

Ordinary Green Winged Orchid

Green Winged Orchid (dark phase)

Nearby woodlands carpetted with Ramsons


Silverdale Cove

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Tuesday 3rd April 2018 - Dalton Crags 0900hrs



And yes it is still rainng (on and off), but today I noticed it was a lot warmer especially with not having that chilling wind biting through! 

I had little in the way of actual migration - just one Meadow Pipit over one and a half hours and the only way I noticed that was that my faithful watch out saw it first and went on the chase to escort it out of his own established territory!

Watching made me think about it, it's what I suppose could be called "lazy birding" just position yourself very close (100 yards or so) from a already territorial established pair of Mipits and they will do all the work for you. Example any approaching Meadow Pipits will be early spotted by the already established pair and the male will climb up quickly and readily escort the bird or birds through its territory for some 50 yards or more! you notice the commotion and hey presto, your count is made!

Seriously it was so quiet but did have the Thrushes high on song! both Song and Mistles and also a yaffling woodpecker and that was about it!

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A warm up with SPECIAL EARLY PURPLE ORCHIDS from years past….

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Sorry about the quality of photo but here we have some of my Early Purple Orchid photos which were taken on Hutton Roof and from within a area of  approx 50 linear yards x 20 yards wide and would you believe approx 50 yards only from the main Epipactis hybrid and variant arena.












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Snippets of Wealth

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I have had several reports during the past few days of birds either held up or on the move because of adverse weathers.

February 28th 2018

Gil and Graham on the corner of Vicarage Close have been visited yet again by the Blackcap (around the 20th) which could possibly have overwintered.  They have also had a gang of Fieldfare enjoying stripping the berries on the Holly Tree (28th Feb)

March 1st 2018

Reg and May on Morewood Drive had a visit of both a single Fieldfare and a Yellowhammer at the same time.  They have been getting up to six Yellowhammers on a regular basis.

Also a record has been given of a party of "Tewits" (Lapwings) have been seen on the freshly manured fields just behind the Dalton Business Centre.

Another report today of at least 100 Fieldfare present in Curwen Wood Park

March 2nd 2018

(0840hrs)  I had a party of 8 Lapwings in the very small field next to the bridge and opposite the old Station Pub (now rebuilt) which lies below the Canal.

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More of Ron Blackburn’s Superb Local photos (Please note all photos copyright)

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 Black Tailed Godwit (Copyright Ron Blackburn)
Thanks to Ron for kindly sharing with us

 Brown Hare (Copyright Ron Blackburn)
Thanks to Ron for kindly sharing with us


 Female Teal in flight (copyright Ron Blackburn)
Thanks Ron for sharing with us

Male Teal in Flight (Copyright Ron Blackburn)
Thanks to Ron for kindly sharing with us


 Male Wigeon in flight (copyright Ron Blackburn)
Thanks to Ron for kindly sharing with us

Male Wigeon in flight (copyright Ron Blackburn)
Thanks to Ron for kindly sharing with us

There will be lots more of Ron's photos over the coming days, so please come back soon.

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