Category Archives: Flowering Plants

A Channel island?

The Channel Islands sit off the Normandy Coast and form a group of islands administered as Jersey or Guernsey, with their strange statuses as Crown Dependencies of the UK.  Yet a few miles south of Jersey is a small archipelago … Continue reading

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On Eycott Hill

Eycott Hill isn’t one that comes immediately to mind when thinking Lake District fells, unless you are a geologist apparently.  This small volcanic outcrop is the centre on a newly opened Cumbria Wildlife Trust reserve, visited on the day it … Continue reading

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Common by name

  At last the cloud and drizzle lifted today and the sun came out providing enough warmth for a few butterflies and other insects to appear.  There was enough time too to get out from work meetings to have a … Continue reading

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Do look up

It’s an odd thing that most of us live our lives at eye level and below.  We may look down to the ground in front of our feet or at the distant horizon but rarely, unless prompted by the sound … Continue reading

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Waiting for spring

It hasn’t been a cold winter but spring is still struggling to arrive.  In the oak woods at Holystone there are a few leaves emerging on the smaller trees like willow and an odd birch.  Primroses were in bloom along … Continue reading

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Barra and Vatersay

Barra and its smaller sister island, Vatersay, are the southernmost of the inhabited Outer Hebrides.  Further to the south, and visible from Barra’s highest hill, are the once inhabited islands of Pabbay, Mingulay and Berneray but these have now been … Continue reading

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Double Dandelion

It’s not that uncommon to find plants such as dandelions or daisies with a weird elongated flower.  This effect is termed fascination and is found in other plants too and often results in a flattened stem rather than the normal … Continue reading

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