An Orchid Hunt


Female Broad-bodied Chaser in the garden again.


The final day of our Whit half-term holiday. TBH and I were out for a turn, looking for various kinds of orchids: I’d heard the previous day that there were Fly Orchids flowering at Trowbarrow Quarry, and felt that there would probably be Bee Orchids too, TBH wanted to see the Lady’s-slipper Orchids at Gait Barrows.


The Elder was in flower and TBH had been busy making cordial, as she habitually does at this time of year. Very nice it is too.




Comma butterfly.


Fossilised coral at Trowbarrow.



Common Spotted-orchid and Quaking Grass.


Common Blue Butterfly on Bird’s-foot Trefoil its principal food-plant.


Northern Marsh-orchid. Possibly.


Bird’s-eye Primrose by Hawes Water. At the southern limit of its range.



Common Spotted Orchid again.


Northern Marsh-orchid or maybe a hybridisation of same with Common Spotted-orchid.

I didn’t find what I was looking for at Trowbarrow and at Gait Barrows the Lady’s-slippers were rather dried-out and exhausted looking.


It was a very pleasant walk though.


An Orchid Hunt

11 thoughts on “An Orchid Hunt

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Not my intention to make you feel guilty. But if I can egg you on a bit….I feel like reading some blogs has spurred me into getting in more evening walks and wild-camping.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Some species of dragonfly are definitely spreading northward, I wonder whether the same will happen with butterflies? Butterflies seem to be struggling, which is very sad.

  1. Reading other blogs gives me loads of ideas for walks and outings that I’m sometimes able to follow up. Writing my own blog hopefully gives something back

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Yes, me too – some blogs, yours included, perhaps especially, have encouraged me to get out wild-camping again and also I get ideas for walks from blogs or come across things I’d like to go and see. I’m not sure that I’ll have much impact in encouraging people to get out for evening walks say, or to look more closely at what they pass, because, frankly, not many people read my blog, but, and I’m thinking this as I write it, so my apologies for its incoherence, but, as I was saying, some posts have an unexpected afterlife – the walk we did by the Wye and Seven Sisters for example – so maybe sometimes somebody somewhere does get something useful from my efforts.
      That’s not why I do it mind – the effort is entirely disproportional. My motivation is entirely missing any altruism, it’s completely selfish – I enjoy keeping a record of my walks.

      1. I often look at my stats and see which posts from the past get regular views. For me it’s the post about the waterfalls walk in South Wales (the one we all started out on in appalling weather) and the one where I climbed a mountain called Canigou in the French Pyrenees. The latter possibly because it doesn’t appear in any guidebooks in English.

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