Tuesday, 19 April 2011

National Wildflower Centre

Snakes-Head Fritilary, National Wildflower CentreWe took Dylan to the National Wildflower Centre, Bowring Park, Roby, on Friday. What a place this is and a real hidden gem. If you are looking to brush up on your wildflower ID or just looking for an easy way to photograph British species; a number of visits during the year will undoubtedly be rewarding, and if you have a young one in tow like myself it is also a great place for them to learn and play. Although the site cannot boast a huge bird list, it can boast a great wealth of invertebrates including breeding Hummingbird Hawk Moths.

Cowslip, National Wildflower Centre During our visit we found massive numbers of the nationally declined Cowslips, Primroses, Snakes-Head Fritilaries, Water Avens, Marsh Marigolds, and my first ever Oxslip; with just one clump of this rarity at the site I was lucky to find it, yet unlucky as it had already finished flowering........one for next year maybe.

Singing Blackcaps, Chiff Chaff, Treecreeper in the park too, with a Grey Heron over Heathfield Road Allerton.

Water Avens, National Wildflower Centre
On Saturday I found Ramsons Wild Garlic, Primrose, and Chiff Chaff on Ullet Road. Brimstone, Green Veined White, Small White, Comma, Small Tortershell, Willow Warbler, and 2 Blackcap in Sefton Park.

A Common Sandpiper flew over the house in the afternoon and headed in the direction of Greenbank Park lake, along with a Grey Wagtail also.

On Sunday I had my first Holly Blue of the year on Trinity Road, Bootle, singing Blackcap and Great Spotted Woodpecker too.

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