On Sunday, I returned to Muston, this time with Orchid Maestro Dave Gray as Leigh and I had failed to find the field with the orchids the day before. Dave led me up the path – and not the one we took on Saturday – and straight into a field full of Green-winged Orchid (I’m pretty sure it’s a species tick).
There are a variety of ‘clones’ ranging from deep purple through pink to pure white, though the latter were hard to find.
After filling our boots here we dropped into the Old Forge Tearooms in the village – a nice coffee and a nice bit of coffee and walnut cake too – before heading off to Jericho Bridge on the Grantham Canal at Barkestone le Vale.
Here we searched out up to five Hairy Dragonfly, probably three males and two females. One of which was ovipositing.
Plenty of damsels on the wing too with good numbers of the site speciality, Variable Damselfly.
On the way back to the car we noted these huge Bracket Fungi, each the size of a dinner plate.