country diary


heath spotted orchid on Bodmin MoorOn marshy sites across Bodmin Moor there are hidden corners where wild flowers and grasses thrive. This photo is of the heath spotted orchid which flowers here in June and July. In the same small marshy spot near North Hill we also found cotton grass, ragged robin, heath milkwort, forget-me-not, sundew, bog asphodel, tormentil, lousewort and heather.

On drier coastal grassland the pyramidal orchid will be in flower now, whilst the early purple orchid was in the hedgerows and verges in May.




Butterflies and bees


painted ladt butrterfly

The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey run by the charity Butterfly Conservation and is aimed at helping to assess the health of our environment.

The survey was launched during 2010 to mark the International Year of Biodiversity.  


green hairstreak




Butterflies react very quickly to change in their environment which makes them excellent biodiversity indicators.

Read about the project and how to join in www.bigbutterflycount.org/about


tortoiseshell butterfly








Bumblebees are beautiful, hard working and incredibly important for the pollination of our garden and wild flowers, and food-producing crops. The UK had 27 species, but sadly 3 are nationally extinct, and others are seriously threatened. To halt the recent dramatic declines, we we can all help to improve habitats - gardeners, farmers, land managers, councils and governments have a role to play. See more information on the Bumblebee Conservation website www.bumblebeeconservation.org




























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the network for Cornish businesses in the Lynher Valley protecting the environment