Lincolnshire weekendDespite heavy rain on the way down to Ancaster on the Saturday, we set off in the dry, but that soon changed. Undeterred we headed for our first stop, the cemetery where, as we hoped, we found the long-stalked subspecies of Thrift. The nearby Moor Closes reserve is an area of wet meadow and the purple of Southern Marsh-orchids amongst the Yellow Rattle and Buttercup was a fine site, appreciated even more because the rain had eased. Returning round a fishing lake, we found the handsome Cyperus Sedge and, along the main road verge, Bur Chervil, a good crop of Danish Scurvy Grass and a couple of plants of Sea Spurrey. However our next destination was the far richer roadside verges on nearby Copper Hill which are managed as a nature reserve. This is one of the few sites that support Man Orchid and we were pleased to find about ten spikes in flower, as well as plenty of the usual limestone grassland species.
On the Sunday we visited Moor Farm reserve in Woodhall Spa. The main attraction is an area of heath and we spent a few hours in the sunshine discovering some very interesting species including Trailing St John’s-wort, Shepherd’s Cress, Bird’s-foot, Small Cudweed and Trailing Tormentil. Further along the trail in a wetter area there was plenty of Heath Spotted-orchid and one instance of Water Purslane. The bird life was not quite as exciting but a cuckoo did land a couple of times in the trees overhead, and was promptly mobbed by blackbirds.
Andrew Chadwick, 4 June