Tour Details

Dates:3rd of May - 3rd of May 2024
Group Size:Minimum 3, maximum 8
Grading:Easy to moderate
PricesFull price: £150.00 / person Single room supplement: £0.00 / person Deposit: £150.00 / person
Price includes: Services of guide, pub lunch
Not included: Transport to and from the day's meeting point, personal items, holiday insurance

Tour Highlights

  • A day orchid hunting in the friendly company of European orchid expert Dr Richard Bate
  • Spectacular displays of spring grassland orchids, including Early Purple and Green-winged Orchid
  • Other early season botanical highlights like Spring Cinquefoil and Spring Sandwort
  • A delicious pub lunch

Tour Description

Straddling the Lancashire and Cumbria border, Arnside and Silverdale sit in an Area of Outstanding National Beauty famous for its scenery and wildlife. The region has a rich flora, much of which can be seen on the limestone pavements and the grasslands that overlook Morecambe Bay itself.

On the grasslands, many of the finest species appear in the spring months, and quite often in great abundance. Particular highlights will include vast numbers of Early Purple Orchids Orchis mascula and Green-winged Orchids Anacamptis morio in their prime. We would also expect to see the cheerful large flowers of Spring Cinquefoil Potentilla neumanniana, and the delicate, elegant Spring Sandwort Minuartia verna.

After a fine pub lunch nearby we will head north over the border into Cumbria, experiencing further views of the bay and seeking further species. We would expect to see many more spectacular displays of orchids and will be hoping to encounter the Fly Orchid Ophrys insectifera whose spectacular flowers attract male wasps by deceptively mimicking females, and early examples of the Common Twayblade Neottia ovata.

Guests can choose one or both of the two dates available - 3rd or 4th May. Both days will follow the same format though, of course, one never knows what other surprise wildlife one will encounter on any given day!

Tour Leaders

Richard is a father of three, botanist, photographer and wildlife tour guide based near the South Lakes. His particular interest is in orchids, and this has led him to develop an expertise in the species of Britain and Europe.

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Tour Itinerary

9am - meet in Silverdale

Morning spent exploring Silverdale Lots

12:30am - pub lunch

Afternoon Arnside Knott / Sandside

5pm - return to Silverdale, and day concludes

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