After a very decent Lebanese take-away washed down with a wee dram o' Speyside single malt (thanks James Lowen), we hit the hay before midnight. Snoring aside - I slept pretty well!
The next morning we searched around the Snook on Holy Island for the scarce (dare I say rare?) Lindisfarne Helleborine. Fortunately we managed to find several of these pretty orchids - more exciting for James and Nick if I'm really honest but Dark Green Fritillary was a nice bonus for me.
|Snook Tower, Holy Island, Northumerland|
|Lindisfarne Helleborine (crappy iphone shot)|
|James paps the trifid!|
|Nick had a go too!|
|Roseate Terns with Common Terns|
|2cy Bonaparte's Gull, Wansbeck estuary|
Our last stop was Bishop Middleham quarry near Durham (where Bee-eaters bred in 2002 no less). We were here for Dark-red Helleborine - which I admit was stunning (well OK - it was nice!) and Northern Brown Argus (or even "Durham" Argus if you like).
|Bishop Middleham Quarry, Durham|
|Dark Red Helleborine|
|Still harassing the |
|Northern Brown "Durham" Argus|