Sunday 20 July, 11am-4pm.
Professor John Richards.
From Druridge Bay Country Park we will walk south to Chibburn Mouth (2km) and perhaps beyond, concentrating on the flora of the dunes, and the grasslands inland. Amongst the orchids that have been recorded recently are Marsh Helleborine Epipactis palustris, Lesser Butterfly Orchid Platanthera bifolia and Fragrant Orchid Gymnadenia conopsea. Dyer’s Greenweed Genista tinctoria is locally abundant, and characteristic Northumberland dune plants such as Bloody Cranesbill Geranium sanguineum, Houndstongue Cynoglossum officinale and Burnet Rose Rosa spinosissima will be flowering freely. There should also be some butterflies on the wing and perhaps a bird or two.
Bring lunch and meet at Druridge Bay Country Park Visitor Centre (pay and display parking). Grid ref NZ271998 or postcode NE61 5BX.