Every so often and often unexpectedly, special time is spent in a special place, and the sun shines. Today was one of those occasions. We had decided rather than traveling to explore habitats near Kielder that our time would be spent closer to home. What a wise choice this turned out to be. I will not name the locality, but local naturalists will I’m sure work it out for themselves.
We found a Great Crested Newt, but sadly a dead one.
There was much botanical interest, but it was the orchids that stole the show. I cannot ever remember seeing such an abundance of Northern Marsh Orchids in such a small area. They far outnumbered the Common Spotted Orchids and there were many fine specimens. No doubt amongst them were some hybrids.
I left feeling, as I usually do, having been out in the field, that I am a half glass full man. It is best to remain positive as to what wonderful habitat, flora and fauna can still be found close to home, this despite the attempts of those in power to allow building on every patch of green land available. I have restricted myself to mentioning the orchids only on this occasion despite other interesting flora in the area.
A quick visit to Arcot Pond provided the call of Lesser Whitethroat, but little else. Having enjoyed visits to this area in years gone by, I was rather disappointed on this occasion.