It may not look that exciting but it was my ‘plant of the year’ so far; bog bilberry is a very close relative of the normal and pretty common bilberry but it’s a lot rarer. Bog bilberry (Vaccinium uliginosum) is a larger plant than bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) and has greyer and thicker leaves. It produces berries that are very similar if a little larger and less sweet than bilberries but it was a little early for these. It’s a relatively common plant in northern Scandinavia but in England it’s confined to a few sites in the far north.
Another notable plant on the site was cowberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), yet another member of the same family. This was unusually common and, in some places, still in flower.
It wasn’t only plants to be seen, a female scorpion fly (Panorpa communis) is a small but striking insect and almost found itself caught in a spider’s web. The male has an abdomen that ends with what resembles a scorpion tail but the female lacks this.