We took a drive out west today as far as Ingram Valley sropping at Corby Crags near Alnwick on the way.
Above - The view north from Corby Crag Woods. Click on any image for a bigger one.
Above - The track into the wood with flashy interpretation board. The info on it is not strictly correct. One of the tracks we tried to find to the small pool was now missing due to logging operations last winter... The track edges were covered in drifts of Selfheal, Tormentil, Foxgloves, Crossleaved Heath and many different small sedges and rushes ( they're beyond me?)
Above from the left - Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Large Skipper butterflies could be seen.
Above - This fungi looked like a brown version of the familiar fly agaric. I checked my book at home and think it is called The Panther. It is very poisonous and can be fatal.
Above - Large numbers of Common Spotted Orchid were in bloom and made a great show backed by the short darker blue of the Selfheal.
Above - The River Breamish near Ingram, banks covered in Meadow Sweet and Meadow Cranesbill.
Above- I was well impressed by the visitor centre at Ingram. Very modern and 'interactive'. This wall carving was just inside the doorway.
Above - Monkey Flower Mimulus sp, Forget me Nots and Meadow Sweet along the small stream near the Information Centre.
Above - Marsh Woundwort and Meadow Cranesbill.