Askham Bog field meeting

There was a good turn out for the Askham, Bog walk today and the weather wasn’t too bad with bright skies and some sunny intervals. There was enough warmth to have a few insects on the wing including orange tip, green-veined white, large red damselfy and the hoverflies such as the footballer. The water violets were superb in both the pond and the damp woodland, while things like slender tufted sedge gave the botanists some identification challenges. As well as the dog violets, there were marsh violets to be seen and we did see the royal fern, a reserve speciality, ┬ábut it was still a long way from its showy best.

marsh violet

Marsh violet leaf and flower – Barbara Murray

Water violet

Water violet

large red damselfy | the footballer

large red damselfy | the footballer