Back from a fabulous 5-day tour of the Northwest where the weather was simply amazing and the wildlife our group enjoyed was second to none!
We focussed on all aspects of wildlife and our plant list fell just short of 150 species and included rare species such as LADY’S SLIPPER ORCHID, LESSER TWAYBLADE, CORALROOT ORCHID, TASSEL HYACINTH and BIRD’S-EYE PRIMROSE. Orchids included GREATER BUTTERFLY, EARLY MARSH, NORTHERN MARSH, BEE, COMMON SPOTTED, GREEN-WINGED, EARLY PURPLE and possible PUGLEY’S MARSH ORCHID.
The sunshine attracted many species of butterfly including DUKE OF BURGUNDY, SMALL PEARL-BORDERED FRITILLARY, SMALL BLUE, NORTHERN BROWN ARGUS and DINGY SKIPPER amongst the more common species.
The birds weren’t too shoddy either with RED KITES, EUROPEAN PIED FLYCATCHERS, COMMON REDSTARTS, COMMON EIDER, EURASIAN BITTERN, WESTERN MARSH HARRIER, OSPREY, GRASSHOPPER WARBLER, LITTLE, SANDWICH, ARCTIC & COMMON TERNS, EURASIAN TREE SPARROWS, LESSER REDPOLLS and the star of the show, a singing male COMMON ROSEFINCH that rounded off an amazing tour.