Tomorrow, 1 August 2016, sees the Lake District National Park extended to include the whole of Scout Scar and Helsington Barrows. It’s something to celebrate. It’s an opportunity to raise awareness about endangered species and to do all we can to we protect them. I want to know what practical benefits being in the Lake District National Park will bring for wildlife. Scout Scar is a Site of Special Scientific Interest but how will visitors know that? On 1 August I’d like to know what you see and enjoy. What makes the day memorable for you?
One of the specialities of Scout Scar is frog orchid, now showing at its best. The flowers in my pictures are growing right beside the path but they’re small and their colouring is subtle. So they’re easy to miss. Carline thistle is looking good too. And when farmers cut the grass to make haylage they leave striking patterns in the fields.
Carline thistles with red-tailed bumblebees. Vistas looking west toward the Langdale Pikes from Scout Scar.
Try search ( top right on this blog page) and you'll find better images of frog orchid. I show most of the images I took this morning to give a sense of frog orchid habitat and to show how tiny they are. In close-up, they are more delicate both in structure and in colour than a first impression suggests.
Jan Wiltshire is a nature writer living in Cumbria. She also explores islands and coast and the wildlife experience. (See Home and My Books.)