Posts from the ‘flowers’ Category

Heatwave heaven at Strensall

Yesterday I spent the whole day at Strensall Common surveying Dark Bordered Beauties along with Dave Wainwright, Terry Crawford, Penny Relf, Tallulah Gullett, and, in the afternoon, a whole crowd of people from Golder Associates. 

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Local flora

Over the last few weeks some rather nice flowers have emerged around Bishopthorpe. Here are some pictures.  Read more…

On the trail of two Yorkshire rarities.

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to hop it to the Moors again, and I was very happy because the weather forecast was quite good, and it was about the right time of year to find two of Yorkshire’s special butterflies; Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary and Large Heath.

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Ashberry Pasture

Yesterday I had the opportunity to take the car and do a long walk, so I headed for Ashberry Pasture near Rievaulx for a six-miler, hoping to see some nice plants and insects. The plants didn’t disappoint.

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Secrets of Pexton Bank

Pexton Bank, adjacent to Ellerburn Bank, is one of Dalby Forest’s best kept secrets. Dozens of people walk past it every day without realizing what’s there.   Read more…

Ellerburn Pilgrimage

I’m tempted to say that I only really feel complete when I’m in  a place like Ellerburn Bank. I kept saying to myself how lucky I was to be alive in a place like that.

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An hour at Bempton

This week was the highlight of my working year; the 2nd year Ecology Field Course. We visit Bempton as part of this, and unfortunately due to the minibus being delivered an hour late, only had an hour there. But an hour is a lot better than none.

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Climbing Hawnby Hill

We visited Hawnby Hill in Upper Ryedale last autumn to see the heather, but didn’t climb it. Last weekend we did.

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All on Creeping Willow

On Friday morning, Terry Crawford showed Penny Relf and me around the dark Bordered Beauty Transect on Strensall Common. We found lots of creeping willow, the foodplant of the moth, which bodes well for it. We also found loads of other moths and butterflies, all seemingly nectaring on the willow flowers:  Read more…

Three holiday walks.

This bank holiday weekend has been great weather in Yorkshire, and I managed three outdoors walks with the camera.  Read more…