Not only is is special due to its beauty, but it is known to be Britain's rarest flowering plant.
Gait Barrows is a fantastic reserve that also has Duke of Burgundy butterflies, Angular Solomon's-seal (Polygonatum odoratum) and herb Paris (Paris quadrifolia) which was in full leaf near about 10 yards from the information sign and gate.
The only negative is the number of ticks!!! they are everywhere.
Fly Orchid: (Ophrys insectifera) About 5 miles north you reach the South Cumbria border and cross over in to a lovely small called Milnthorpe (this is where Dawn went to school).
Here there is a site whcih is perfect for another one of my most anticipated orchids, the fly orchid.
These are typically found on alkaline, limestone soils and cleverly mimics a fly. It does this so that male flies are attracted to it, and are duped into trying to mate with it!
During this attempted mating, the orchid can deposit some pollen onto the fly, and when it flies off, probably with a feeling of disappointment. And will eventually transfer the pollen onto the next orchid so fertilizing the flower.
Clever stuff eh?
Huge thanks again to my orchid guru Dr Richard bate.
Common Twayblades: (Neottia ovata) I recently read in a Plantlife article that Britain’s roadside verges are home to more than 700 species of wild plants, one in eight of which (12%) are threatened with extinction or heading in that direction.
Tick: Although I didn't get bittern, I still found two of these horrid creatures on me and my camera equipment.
***BE CAREFUL OUT THERE GUYS***