Langstrothdale, Yorkshire Dales- 10th May 2011

Cuckoo Flower
Bird's- eye Primrose
Common Butterwort
Early Purple Orchid

Spent a showery morning in the Dales yesterday looking at flowers of limestone grassland. The Bird’s- eye Primrose is a Yorkshire and Cumbria speciality and surely one of most delicate and beautiful wildflowers. Common Butterwort catches flies which it then devours with its sticky leaves which are arranged like a lime green star. As the insect struggles it triggers the leaves to roll up. As I studied the flowers the dale was filled with the sound of Oystercatchers and Common Sandpipers, both of which breed by the river.

1 thought on “Langstrothdale, Yorkshire Dales- 10th May 2011”

  1. beautiful clear photos – I’ll look out for these flowers when we are in Langstrothdale at Easter although it may be a bit early

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