Friday, 1 May 2015

Spring Flowers on Salcombe Hill

Last Sunday I spent a couple of hours walking on Salcombe Hill, as usual I didn't see much on the bird front, although it has been a very quite spring so far in the East Devon area so it's probably not anything to do with the site itself. Hopefully there's a chance it may improve over the next couple of weeks but in the meantime I've been looking at the lovely wildflowers on show in the area. Did you notice that I quite like wildflowers? There were a surprising amount of flowers in a small area and here are a few of the highlights.

The woods and grassy slopes were carpeted in Bluebells

BluebellHyacinthoides non-scripta

Also available in white.

Also a few Early Purple Orchids

Here with an unidentified visitor possibly a female Dungfly - Scathophagus sp.

Early Purple Orchid Orchis mascula

Bush Vetch - Vicia sepium

Greater Stitchwort - Stellaria holostea

Ground Ivy - Glechoma hederacea

Cuckoo Flower - Cardamine pratensis

Early Forget-me-not - Myosotis ramosissima

Wood Forget-me-not - Myosotis sylvatica
(difficult to separate from a similar garden form which is widely naturalized) 

 Herb Robert - Geranium robertianum

Ramsons - Allium ursinum

Along a nearby lane there was a massive patch of the naturalized garden escape Creeping Comfrey which was alive with bumblebees.

Creeping Comfrey - Symphytum grandiflorum

With Common Carder Bee - Bombus pascuorum


Linda said...

Beautiful photos.

Karen Woolley said...

Thanks Linda :-)