A sequence of images shows the shrub amongst heather and holly, with a backdrop of conifers. Bog myrtle grows in waterlogged ground, here amongst golden tussocks of grasses. There's bilberry and heather and dead wood habitat to enjoy.
We walked beside the River Leven where willows were pale gold with catkins. We sat eating lunch on the river bank, watching a pair of goosander feeding. The female of chestnut crest dipped below the water and rose with a silvery fish in her bill as did her mate. There must have been a passing shoal. Along the river bank alder were thick with catkins.
Bel and I were impressed by the warm welcome given at Brown Robin Nature Reserve on behalf of Cumbria Wildlife Trust by Honorary Reserve Manager Tony Saunders. He explained how the Reserve is managed, was skilled at interpreting songsters in the woodland: with chiffchaff, blackcap, wren, long-tailed tits, hawfinch and a sparrowhawk. Under a woodland canopy he lit a fire from wood shavings, boiled a kettle and made us hot drinks whilst we talked birds, woodcraft and the English longbow. He showed us one carved from yew and told us of a company of longbow-men from SIzergh who fought under Thomas Strickland at Agincourt. I imagine longbows sourced from these woods at Harfleur and at Agincourt.