Despite the appalling weather forecast for Saturday afternoon six brave souls ventured north to Gisburn Forest with a plan to monitor the growth of Bird's-eye Primrose (Primula farinosa) at Bottom Laithe. One new member of the group had driven up from Manchester to join us and felt the trip well worth while.
Walking from the car park at Stephen Park hub with waterproofs tightly zipped against the wind and rain didn't promise much enjoyment for the afternoon but we were soon absorbed by identifying species growing along the verge and it must have taken us over an hour to cover the couple of hundred yards to the target site.
Despite the almost continuous rain I did manage to capture a few species on camera even though I had abandoned the tripod in the car and relied on hand-held shots whilst struggling to protect my kit from the wet. I think another trip is on the cards when the forecast is better to fill in the gaps with a few better quality images.
After the brushwood had been cut back last autumn and Herdwick sheep put to graze for several months we found considerable improvement with nearly a two hundred Bird's-eye primrose in full bloom and many young plants still in a vegetative state.
A few of other sightings that I managed to rescue from the soggy pages of my field notebook included: Germander Speedwell, Bitter Veitch, Lousewort, Milkwort,
Our next field trip will be to Standridge Pasture at Slaidburn on June 7th and details will be emailed to group members. If you wish to be included on the circulation list please complete the contact form.