We headed off to Pulpit Hill and Grangelands after the heavy rain, as that's the perfect time to see the huge Roman snails. There were plenty of slugs and snails about, which the kids loved spotting.
|A handful of snail!|
|We found some huge slugs|
|Common Spotted Orchid - first one we've seen |
flowering this year
We also found some Twayblade starting to flower. It was much smaller than the Twayblade we saw on Sunday at the Ragpits and there wasn't much of it around, but the site is much more exposed, so you'd expect the plants to be a bit further behind.
The sun came out and we walked back through the woods.
The kids like to walk on the top of the banks above the path and Bug Mad Girl shouted down to me, "Which orchid has white flowers, because there's one up here." She'd only found some White Helleborines flowering up there! Very exciting, especially after I'd been looking for them last week with Mum and failed to find them. We never would have seen them if they hadn't been walking up there and if Bug Mad Girl hadn't spotted that they looked like orchids.
There were lots of them up there and plenty still in bud, so I'll go back next week and see if I can get some better (slightly more in focus!) photos.
So, what started out as a soggy snail hunt, turned into a couple of wonderful discoveries, finding two new orchids for the year. You just never know what's around the next corner!