Saturday, 31 October 2015

Botanising in The Yorkshire Dales

On our recent trip up north we spent a day botanising in the Ribblesdale and Wensleydale areas of the Yorkshire dales. I saw quite a collection of new plants and here are a few of them, along with a couple of ones I've seen lots of times before but were so nice I had to photograph them.

This limestone pavement in Ribblesdale was superb for wildflowers.
As you can see the weather wasn't so good and that is Pen-y-ghent brooding in the background.

Harebell - Campanula rotundifolia

Lesser Meadow Rue - Thalictrum minus

Melancholy Thistle - Cirsium helenioides

Chickweed Willowherb - Epilobium alsinifolium

 Knotted Pearlwort - Sagina nodosa

 Bird's-eye Primrose - Primula farinosa
I was very lucky to see this in flower in August (usually flowers in May/June)

Hairy Stonecrop - Sedum villosum

We also visited Seata Quarry nature reserve the single site in the UK for Round-leaved St. John's-wort - Hypericum nummularium.


Round-leaved St. John's-wort - Hypericum nummularium.

Seata Quarry

Fairy Foxglove - Erinus alpinus

More Harebells because you can't see too many Harebells!

It was surprising to see Fragrant Orchids still in full flower in August.
We visited the quarry at gone six o'clock in the evening and the Common Blues were going to roost.

Common Blue

Red Gooseberry - Ribes uva-crispa
(obviously an escape from cultivation) 

Sand Leek - Allium scorodoprasum

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