Snowdrop walk at Lytham Hall

Exploring the snowdrops at Lytham Hall

Exploring the snowdrops at Lytham Hall

Here are some pictures of my Monday child rearing duties the other week that included a nice trip around the wooded grounds surrounding Lytham Hall. I’ve wanted to visit there for ages because at this time of year they put on a series of snowdrop walks. The Lytham Town Trust have secured significant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the hall and grounds, and this was particularly evident where the South prospect garden and parterre are now under reconstruction. The footpaths through the woodland and up on the prospect mound have been upgraded which made lugging a buggy around much easier than before.

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Spotting orchids at Sewingshields, Northumberland – 18/06/14

Detail of a Heath Spotted Orchid - Dactylorhiza maculata

Detail of a Heath Spotted Orchid – Dactylorhiza maculata

One of the happy byproducts of being immersed in moorland landscapes through much of the year is that I can watch the passing seasons and their flora and fauna. I have been at work out surveying at Sewingshields Crags in the Northumberland National Park (blog post to follow), and a spare moment saw me crawling through the undergrowth to take these images of the orchids flowering in a slightly boggy dip. A bonus of working with volunteers is that they bring their different experiences and knowledge with them, and Martin in particular explained the intricacies of moorland flora.

Archaeologist and a Northern Marsh Orchid/hybrid?

Archaeologist and a Northern Marsh Orchid/hybrid?

Northern Marsh Orchid - Dactylorhiza purpurella

Northern Marsh Orchid – Dactylorhiza purpurella

Common Butterwort - Pinguicula vulgaris

Common Butterwort – Pinguicula vulgaris

Detail of a hybrid Northern Marsh Orchid?

Detail of a hybrid Northern Marsh Orchid?

Heath Spotted Orchid - Dactylorhiza maculata

Heath Spotted Orchid – Dactylorhiza maculata