Arnside Naturalist Party – for the Orchids on 28th June 2021.


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Photo: Members of the Arnside Naturalist 

It was great meeting up with members of the Arnside Nat which included many old and new friends.

The day was arranged for us to visit the orchids and other nice plants we could find on the sides of Burton Fell and Lancelot Clark Storth. It could not have been better in regards to our butterflies, lots of emergence had took place, probably on that very morning which included for the first time this year, Dark Green Fritillaries (several), Ringlets, Graylings and Meadow Brown. We were also fortunate to see Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Woods, Common Blue, Small Heath, Small Pearl Bordered  Fritillary and Large Skipper.

We toured some of the broken pavements in search of Dark Red Helleborines and Broad Leaved Helleborines, of which lots were found, although the majority of the plants had not actually come into flower, the delay to the norm was that the plants had not received enough water during their early build, although it is hoped that things will be OK now that we have had some rains and they seem to be progressing nicely. Still we did see a few which had odd flowers opening.

When it came to the Broad Leaved Helleborines we saw plenty of superb specimens which looked really good and it was obvious they were going to be really good spectacles when the time arrives. 

The ferns were everywhere especially the Rigid Buckler Fern and the Limestone Fern (or limestone polypody), we also had the Wall Rue, some rarer Ceterach (Rusty Back Fern) plus Hard Shield Fern, Harts Tongue Fern and of course everyones old favourite Bracken.

After lunch we made our way over to Lancelot Clark Storth and it was great to see the Hypericum montanum (Pale St. John's Wort). We also had the remains of the rare Angular Solomons Seal although you could see were the larvae of the sawfly were there in attendance attacking the leaves and before long all you are left with is a "skeleton" of the leaves.

Other plants recorded today included: Heath Milkwort, Thyme Leaved Speedwell, Ploughmans Spikenard, Wild Thyme, Heath Bedstraw, Limestone Bedstraw, Ladies Bedstraw, Fairy Flax, Rue Leaved Saxifrage, Hawkweeds, Self Heal, Eyebright, Tormentil and remnants of Lily of the Valley.

Although the birdlife is usually busy, only odd birds were noted today which included: Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Green Woodpecker, Whitethroat.

Also it was mentioned that members would have liked to see how the pavement looked from a drone and I referred to a piece we did with Granada a couple of years ago which I have now dug out of the archive for you.  If you do want to check it out please click here (please turn your volume on for this feature)

Although the orchids were not in flower, the following PHOTOS ancient as they are gives you some idea of how they have looked in past years or the way we hope they will turn out over the coming weeks.

They are just a few examples from what I stopped at and we talked about on site yesterday.

Starting off with 33, its one of the plants I have always queried against hybridization, but is special in that it is a bicolor but also in the fact that it does have a white epichile (lip)

Specimen 33

We later moved over to Specimen 66

This was the plant which I said as very special in that it was the plant used for the studies of the "bicolor" papers and that you may note it is a atrorubens (dark red helleborine) yet with a light green stem and note the sepals and petals which are red with yellow petals (=bicolor) also of note is that the epichile (lip and bosses) are of a cream colour rather than a red.

We moved over to check out a special "Pallens" variety

then just a little way past this splendid specimen we saw the fabulous "Escarp 13" which is a bicolor and possibly a hybrid as well.

Then we took a look at the 15s family and you saw 15a,15b and 15c.

above: this is 15a,15b at the time of this photo there was no 15c.

and we also checked out 15d which is the one I said had 62 flower buds in its heyday....

We then went over to see varigated no. 1 (below)

This is just a few of what we had yesterday, but if you want to check out the full list of the plants we have please click here and scroll down. 

also today we had the following:

Hypericum montanum - pale St. Johns Wort

Something really special a dark stemmed helleborine?

Angular Solomons Seal

Pale St. Johns Wort

Pale St. Johns Wort

Dark Red Helleborine

Dark Red Helleborine


Dark Red Helleborine

Carline Thistle

Bush Vetch with critter

Ploughmans Spikenard

Pale St. Johns Wort

larvae of sawfly attacking Angular Solomons Seal

Dark Red Helleborine

Fairy Flax seen today, but photo taken last week.


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