2nd July 2016 - Coronation Meadows
I booked myself a place on a guided walk today given by a member of staff of the Forest of Bowland AONB, on Meadow Open Day at Bell Sykes Farm near Slaidburn in Lancashire. There were about a dozen of us altogether. Members of the public are allowed access on this day to the Coronation Meadows managed by the farm. I chose to go on one of the two guided walks as I needed a bit of help with recognizing all the flowers and it was nice to get the history behind the meadows here and how important they are in restoring more of them to their former glory.
A Common Spotted Orchid
Plenty of information provided as the first meadow is reached
There were plenty of wildflowers to see. Identifying them was easy with the leaflet I was given. Down there were Yellow Rattle, Buttercups, Red and White Clover, Eyebright, Self Heal, Autumn Hawkbit, Meadowsweet and Great Burnet.
The dull crimson flowers of Great Burnet stand out in this photo
Plenty of Meadow Cranesbill
Looking back to Bell Sykes Farm. Tea and cake was provided at the farm and this was when we broke up to make our own way back to Slaidburn.
More Meadow Cranesbill
The last of the meadows that I walked through