Monday 26th July 2010.
Last Frid. 23rd July we sent another day in amongst the splendid scenery around Malham Tarn searching out the Clints and Grikes in the Limestone Pavements for the rare Dark Red Helleborine but the search was in vain..After the long search we returned to the Malham Tarn Estate and after a few enquires we managed to speak to Martin the Manager of the estate who had a vast knowledge of the flora of the area and was very helpful. We were told that the Dark Red Helleborine hadn't been seen for several years after they removed some old Larch trees from he area, this allowed stronger foliage to grow up and smothered them but steps are now being taken to reverse the problem.
Malham Tarn has an extensive area of wetland on its western shores called The Moss this is also worth exploring because of its rare plants ,we found two new plants that we had never seen in the area before.
The Clints and Grikes above Malham Tarn
Monk's- Hood growing in the woods surrounding Malham Tarn
The following flowers were found in the wetland
surrounding Malham Tarn
Marsh Cinquefoil (new)
Common Wintergreen ( becoming rare because of its specialised habitat) (new)
Sundew (carnivorous plant)
Northern Marsh Orchid ?