Another cracking day: Gatesgarth farm; Scarth Gap; Haystacks; Innominate tarn; Haystacks; Seat; High Crag; High Stile; Red Pike and back along the shores of Buttermere. Superb views and quite a challenging walk - lovely peregrine and lots of alpine and fir clubmoss.
Saturday, 30 July 2016
Friday, 29 July 2016
A superb, but long walk from the base of Hardknott pass, along the Esk and Lingcove beck; up to three tarns over Bowfell; down Yeastyrigg gill and back along Lingcove beck and the Esk. Lovely waterfalls and pools. The river was quite full after recent rains and paths at times damp. Splendid views from the tops. Rather hot, so the swim in Lingcove beck was ...shall we say 'rather fresh'!
Thursday, 28 July 2016
Tuesday, 26 July 2016
First day of my holiday and it's drizzling in North Cumbria - typical! So, despite the drizzle walked out on the new board walk from North Plain Farm towards Rogersceugh farm - a cracking walk that will be repeated in sunnier conditions in the not too far off future. Only managed a southern hawker and a few moths; meadow browns; small and green-veined whites.
Monday, 25 July 2016
Well finally my exhibition is up and I am really pleased by how well it has been received. Lovely to be able to see the felt balls out on display rather than in a plastic box! It's there for all of August so if you're passing.....
Sunday, 24 July 2016
Lots of moths - these were from the night of Friday 22nd - Saturday 23rd July.
....similar moths last night too.
....similar moths last night too.
|Left hand column: barred yellow; garden tiger; drinker; lychnis, common rustic and clouded border moths.|
Right hand column; mother of pearl; poplar hawk; swallowtail and large emerald; burnished brass moths.
A lovely walk out up to Rogersceugh Farm and then onto the extended board walk across Bowness moss. Once again the large drone flies were out ...and when I came to try and identifying them the google search comes up with my same walk that we did today one year ago - only one day off being to the day...and the photos are more or less identical!
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Well we set off with 4 litres of 'dog water', but Rocky soon made it clear that the preferred activity for the afternoon was lying under the bracken in the shade. We therefore decided to follow the path along the side of Catbells rather than slogging up it in the heat, before dropping down to the shores of Derwentwater and a paddle ...oh and an ice-cream in Portinscale too! So, so lucky to live somewhere where you finish work and do this!
|Derwentwater, harebells and parsley fern.|
Monday, 18 July 2016
Sunday, 17 July 2016
Saturday, 16 July 2016
Not the perfect day for photography, but with a better forecast for south Cumbria than north Cumbria we headed to Gait Barrows in hope of helleborines and fritillaries. We found both ; the dark-red helleborines now just past their best and the broad-leaved in bud. We saw several, what we presume to be high brown fritillaries, being blown at high speed through the canopy and one rather tatty specimen on the ground. Lovely limestone pavement and lots of rockrose and thyme.
|Gatekeeper, high brown fritillary and grayling butterflies ; damselfly and darter.|
|Hart's tongue fern; dark-red helleborines; herb robert; rose of sharon and maiden hair spleenwort.|
Thursday, 14 July 2016
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Saturday, 9 July 2016
Friday, 8 July 2016
Thursday, 7 July 2016
Well Molly clearly had the most fantastic time in Costa Rica, on her end of second year field trip! Just a few pictures to whet the appetite!
|Molly's project studied the plant preferences of |
Costa Rican amphibians in different habitats.
|Views, butterflies, sloths, basilisks, frogs and more to come!|