Spring is springing!!

Another glorious Spring day up on Hartslock today – sunny and warm all day with insects getting very numerous. Lots of Brimstone, Bombylius major, Andrena cineraria, Osmia bicolor and Orange Tip. The flowers are also lovely with 100s of Cowslips and the first Lady Orchid (Orchis purpurea) flowers. The most advanced hybrid (Orchis x angusticruris) […]

And suddenly Spring has arrived!! 

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Spring 2018

The winter has been dragging on for ages and even now, in the middle of April, the Hairy Violets have only just started to really flower in earnest and the Pasque Flowers are just poking up, long after Easter. Cowslips are just coming through and I saw my first beeflies on Saturday 8th, along with […]

Winter 2018

Apologies for the lack of posts since last Spring – it’s been an incredibly busy time for me personally and career-wise. I have still been doing plenty of stuff on the reserve but haven’t been writing anything on the blog.

One big change from previous years is that I have now handed the mapping task […]

News update – 13th May

Visited the site today and it’s bone dry up there but there are plenty of orchids flowering. Highlights include:

hybrids – about 100+ plants if full flower, looking very good indeed and they seem to have avoided the effects of the drought Lady Orchid – just 1 in flower this year but it’s looking very […]

The latest news is on Facebook

This year I’ll be posting all the latest news on our Facebook page – here: https://www.facebook.com/Hartslock/

EDIT 26/4/2017): So far we just have 1 Lady orchid in flower and the drought is keeping the other orchids fairly small. The hybrids will flower perhaps in the coming bank-holiday weekend (29th) and I suspect that the Monkey […]

Spring has finally sprung!

This weekend was a bit chilly but the sun helped get things moving and the rain last week seems to have freshened everything up. I counted 15 Monkey orchids in flower or close to flowering so it won’t be a great year for them but the cold & dry weather has been bad for them […]

Hybrids in flower – Lady orchids picked/eaten

Been very busy recently but last weekend I checked and the hybrids were coming into flower nicely but the 2 Lady orchids that were expected were missing. On closer inspection they had been nipped off along with a few hybrids so it looks like deer grazing but could have been caused by human.

Monkey orchids […]

Still nothing to see

Went to the site today to check progress and everything looks a month late. There is 1 Lady orchid and a handful of hybrids in tight bud, on very short stems – at least a week away to the first buds opening. No signs of any flowering Monkey orchids at all – all very short […]

New parking restrictions!

Anyone who has driven to Hartslock knows that parking has always been a problem in the lane outside the nature reserve. We receive a lot of complaints from our neighbours each year, that they can’t gain access to their fields when they need to, so this year we have (sadly) had to restrict it even […]