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The Elusive Bee Orchid.

Yesterday in the scorching heat we found the elusive Bee Orchid! This one was in Cross Hill Quarry Nature Reserve in Clitheroe, which can be accessed through Brungerley park. A kind member of a local wildlife group offered to show my sister, her kids and I where it was. 😊

There are over fifty species of orchid in the UK and all are protected. Although there are much rarer orchids ,the Bee Orchid is particularly striking I think. It’s flowers resemble the insect and amerous bees can transfer pollen to them, mistaking them for another 🐝 bee.

There were plenty of insects out in the late afternoon heat yesterday. We saw lots of butterflies including meadow brown’s, skippers, ringlets, common blues, tortoishell s, red admirals, whites and comma all fluttering around the quarry.

One of many many large skipper butterflies.
An unassuming orchid found all over the quarry is the Common Twayblade. I did not even realise that these are orchids.
A beautiful Marsh Orchid.
My niece got this picture of a cute new moth ( to us) , the Latticed Heath Moth.
The only Bee Orchid ( as yet) in the reserve has three flowers.
Bee Orchid.
My niece and Yellow Loosestrife flowers.
Heron intent on tea.

As you can imagine, wandering round a quarry in the heat made us all want to dive in the river, which luckily was close by. We all went for a paddle to cool off and the above heron wasn’t bothered by our presence at all.

Have you seen any orchids this year?

Salthill Quarry Nature Reserve.

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This afternoon I went for a wander up to Salthill Quarry in Clitheroe. Even though I have lived here for years, there are still some places I have yet to discover in this town. Salthill Nature Reserve was one of them ! I was really surprised at all the wildlife I spied along the way and I had it all to myself. Didn’t come across another soul. πŸ™‚

Common Knapweed.
Common Knapweed.
Elderflowers. The blooms of this sweet smelling shrub can be gathered and made into a refreshing summer cordial or wine.
Elderflowers. The blooms of this sweet smelling shrub can be gathered and made into a refreshing summer cordial or wine.
Tiny wild strawberries. :)
Tiny wild strawberries. πŸ™‚
Not sure what butterfly this is. Maybe a skipper?
Not sure what butterfly this is. Maybe a skipper?
Fossil wall.
Fossil wall.
I was so excited to see the rare Bee orchids that grow in the reserve. Don't the flowers look like bees. :)
I was so excited to see the rare Bee orchids that grow in the reserve. Don’t the flowers look like bees. πŸ™‚

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Pretty blue Meadow cranesbill.
Pretty blue Meadow cranesbill.
Dandelion Clock.
Dandelion Clock.
Didn't get a very good shot of this Heron.But it was fab to see him. :)
Didn’t get a very good shot of this Heron.But it was fab to see him. πŸ™‚
Love these. I call them cornflake flowers !
Love these. I call them cornflake flowers !
Dragonfly.What a gorgeous colour. :)
Dragonfly.What a gorgeous colour. πŸ™‚
Yellow Flag Irises.
Yellow Flag Irises.
Sweet smelling Honeysuckle.
Sweet smelling Honeysuckle.
Cute Bunny () ()
Cute Bunny () ()
I spy Pendle Hill.
I spy Pendle Hill.
Wild Rose aka Dog Rose.
Wild Rose aka Dog Rose.
Paper white Bindweed.
Paper white Bindweed.
Brown Ringlet Butterfly.
Brown Ringlet Butterfly.
A cottage on the way home.
A cottage on the way home.

Thanks for dropping by. πŸ™‚