A Birds- Eye View Of Primroses.

Spot the teeny cows.

A lovely lady from the village offered to show me the whereabouts of a quite rare species of primrose at the weekend. Leaving Wil to chill at the caravan , I met Linda by the pub and we headed along my favourite bridleway ,which connects the Eden Valley settlements of Melmerby, Gamblesby and Unthank. The flowers are growing on private land but luckily my guide knows the land owner.

Buttercups galore. The fields are covered at the moment.
Red Campions & Dandelion Clocks.

I’m glad the weather has been dry recently because we ended up walking over quite a bit of soggy ground. In the adjoining field some young bulls were having fun chasing a group of ponies , then a hare. They also showed an interest in two crazy women cautiously navigating a bog. 🀣

A covering of Great Bittercress.

Not to be put off by the curious cattle Linda forged ahead and we soon came upon an abundance of wild flowers. Now some of my photos turned out pretty blurry. I blame the bulls, the bog and the bright sunshine!

Heath Spotted Orchid. Often Confused with Common Spotted ,which has broader leaves.
Marsh Valerian.
Blurry Butterwort. These plants are insectivorous and have flat to the ground leaves that resemble stars.

What we came to see of course were the Birds – Eye Primroses. And they did not disappoint. Linda was happy to see that the pretty pink flowers had spread their territory a little further….over the brook and into the bull field. Happily we remained where we were. 😊

Birds eye primrose.
The yellow centre of the flower is the Birds Eye.
Such pretty flowers.
Close up.

Favouring both bog and limestone, the conditions here seems to be perfect for these rare members of the primrose family. The Birds-Eye Primrose tends to be found in the North and flowers in June & July. What beauties. So glad they are thriving in a tiny corner of The Eden Valley. πŸ’—

Distant Bulls.

25 thoughts on “A Birds- Eye View Of Primroses.”

    1. The orchid was definitely special too, I would definitely have thought they were the common spotted variety if my guide hadn’t told me.

  1. Beautiful … as you may know we are just back from The Dales and the wildflowers are in abundance … I particularly loved the cow parsley alongside all the dry stone walls πŸ˜ƒ

  2. A glorious post, thank you for sharing! I love seeing any wildflower if only I could remember their namesπŸ€” The Bird’s-eye Primrose is really lovely. Definitely, a walk to remember! 😊

  3. A lovely floral journey. Your identification skills are ace. I struggle with everything yellow – apart from evening primroses – abundant in the dunes just now and easy to identify! Even dandelions and buttercups throw me – there are so many varieties!🌻

    1. I would love to see an Evening Primrose!
      My lovely guide told me what they were and to double check I used a phone app called I naturalist. And I have a few books etc. I know what you mean about dandelions and buttercups though! X

  4. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful wildflower shots & it’a lovely being able to see some of my favourite UK places through the blogs I follow. I’m lamenting that I may never be able to travel over again & appreciate you all being able to get out and about & are good photographers to boot. Take care, stay safe & hugs.

    1. I hope you will get back here Susan. Luckily I’m not that bothered about going overseas myself, though I have no family abroad , that makes a difference of course. Xx

  5. I’ve just driven through Melmerby on my way back from a trip to the Northern Pennines. Delightful village. You are so lucky to a caravan up there.
    Birds Eye Primroses were a quest of mine doing A level botany. WE used to find them near Langdon Beck and Cow Green Reservoir above Cauldron Snout. They are perfect.

    1. Oh I hope you post about your trip. We definitely need to explore the North Pennines more as we are so close when at the van. That’s cool that you drove through Melmerby, you must have come over Hartside fell. I did actually go to Cow Green Res and cauldron Snout last summer, but it was August so too late to see the birds eye primroses I think.

  6. We’re lucky to have a few Bird’s-eye Primroses around the shore of Hawes Water right on the southern edge of their range. Lovely flowers – one of my favourites. How lucky you were to have a local guide who could show you where to find them.

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