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Salthill Quarry Local Nature Reserve.

To ease my England V Sweden viewing angst, I thought I would write this post at the same time. Ha! I am a very nervy audience…

This morning I had a wander round one of my local town’s two Nature Reserves. Salthill Quarry has appeared on my blog a couple times, but as I haven’t visited for over twelve months, I thought I would drop by for a nosy. The Quarry is a designated SSSI because of its geological formations…but I was there for the flowers…and the butterflies. πŸ™‚

The 7.00 hectare Nature Reserve has grassland and woodland habitats. I was certainly glad of a little shade. The sun beat down as I looked for betony, orchids and scabious. Some of the land was dry and parched. Still no sign of approaching rain here in the North West.

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Roses on the way to the reserve.
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And a Painted Lady on Buddleia.
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Into the Woods.
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A Swallow-Tailed Moth ~ I think..
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Speckled Wood.
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Feeling parched.
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Hmmm Spray painter, if your going to do this , at least do a neat job! This is the Crinoid Seat that looks across to Pendle Hill.
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Lady’s Bedstraw.
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Orchids.
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Almost hidden ~ a blue damselfly.
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Marjoram.
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Scabious.
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Under the Umbels.
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Brown Ringlet.
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Harebell.
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Green Damselfly , maybe?
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Six-spotted Burnett Moth.

Feeling slightly calmer now. …

Thanks for accompanying me on a wander round Salthill Quarry Local Nature Reserve.

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30 Days Wild ~ Days 26 to 30. A poem and a Nature Reserve Visit.

Here are my ‘Wild’ moments from the last few days of June. πŸ™‚

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Day 26 ~ Pressed Flowers make memories.  After resurrecting my old Travel journal ( it went by the wayside after I started blogging), I thought pressing a couple of local flowers from our Yorkshire Dales camping trip, would be  a nice way of remembering our time there.  I must get myself a flower press though. I just squished a field scabious and a common vetch ( both are numerous along the river Wharfe) between two pages of a book, I was reading at the time. Not very professional!

 

 

Day 27 ~  A Nature Inspired Poem. So here’s my attempt at writing a poem!  I have took inspiration from my recent trip to the Norfolk coast. We stayed in the seaside town of Hunstanton and visited nearby Holme, Wells and Blakeney Point.

Busy Bee , Stop!  Look up….. and rest.

Rust striped cliffs, where fulmars nest.

In rocky pools  limpets cling.

Oyster Catchers peck them clean.

Cinnabars and fluttering Blues.

Sea Holly amongst the dunes.

Bursts of pink wave in the breeze.

Seals play in blustery seas.

So stop…. and look….. and take in

the wild living  amongst us.

 

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Day 28 ~ Feeling Blue. Today was another dreary damp day, but instead of feeling blue, I made a slideshow of the colour blue in nature. These pictures are all from the past couple of months.  They include Scabious, Meadow Cranesbill, Viper’s Bugloss ( aka Sea Thistle), Blue Sky, Small Blue butterfly, Bluebells, Violet and blue in a Peacock Butterflies wing.

Day 29.  Update. Has #30dayswild been a success in our little back yard? Well , it’s a work in progress! The wildflower seeds I planted at the beginning of the month are definitely seedlings.Still waiting to find out what they will become. I have not counted any butterflies, though I have seen bees. It has rained every day since I put out the bee water dish. 😦 Most successful is our little bird feeding station. We now  have bluetits and a Tree sparrow, as restaurant regulars. πŸ™‚

Day 30.  Visit a Nature Reserve. My last day of ‘Wild’ has been a success! This morning I took myself off to one of Clitheroe’s two Nature Reserves, on the edge of town. You can find them both by using The Wildlife Trust’s Nature Finder App. Salthill Quarry is half woodland and half disused quarry. The limestone grassland is a haven for wildflowers, and even on a drizzly day like today. it did not disappoint. Prepare for about a million photos….

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Any ideas? A ground spreading purple flower in the woodland.
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A snail amongst the bramble.
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Trees Canopy.
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Not sure of this birdie either.
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Agrimony. Used in Herbal medicine.
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How cute is this squirrel. πŸ™‚
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Self-Heal. Used by Medieval first- aiders for binding up wounds.
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Rosebay Willowherb. Also known as Fireweed.
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Vetch.
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There were lots of orchids. πŸ™‚
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Ringlet Butterfly. One of the few butterflies that are active in light showers.
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Goldfinch.
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A type of grass.
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Despite the weather,I did see quite a few bees.
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Creeping Cinquefoil.
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Pignut. Has edible roots.
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Scabious.
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Marjoram.  A striking culinary herb.
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Hawkweed and Betony in the background.
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Another Ringlet.
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Thrush.
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Ladybird on Meadow Sweet.

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My favourite spots of the day. But are they Six spotted Burnet Moths or Cinnabar Moths?  They did not move from their blades of grass.

So there you have it! Another #30dayswild ends. It has been a challenge this year, but also a lovely experience. I have taken more notice of insects.  I have visited  new places, as well as returned to some old favourites. I have tried to make the garden area more wild and will continue to do so. As usual The Wildlife Trusts have inspired me to stop, step back and take in , all the beautiful nature that surrounds me. πŸ™‚

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™‚