I get twitchy if I don’t get down to Tentsmuir fairly regularly – the thought of all I’m missing…but finally got the combination of weather and free time. So much to see at this lovely time of the year.
The first thing I looked at was the feathery fronds of the tall grass at the burn, sparkling in the sun.
It might be Common Reed, Phragmites australis.
The centauries were in full bloom, and fairly widespread. This little colony was down by the burn.
The Seaside centaury, Centaurium littorale, is much smaller and a darker pink than the Common Centaury, and has little strap-shaped leaves. Looks like a cake decoration? Also in this picture is the Blue Fleabane, which was everywhere in its softness.
Going along the path through the dunes, it was good to see that the Evening Primrose is doing well – many more plants than when I first noticed it several years ago. It’s jumped the path in that time, too, and I found a plant some distance away from the main group, down near the marshy part of the dunes.
The Sea Pea is also thriving.
There was a fine stout sedge (possibly Carex otrubae, False Fox Sedge?) complete with ladybird.
Also needing identification is this lovely neat grass. Classic Tentsmuir picture, with Blue Fleabane and Sea Sandwort.
The area which was cleared last year is beginning to look more “natural” again.
The clearing work is going on – I guess that’s good for the dunes, but I hope they don’t go too much further as that’s where I found a shady hollow with around 50 spikes of Creeping Lady’s-Tresses (Goodyera repens). So beautiful in the dappled light.
Every ragwort, no matter how small, seemed to have attracted the stripy caterpillars of the Cinnabar moth.
Coming back through the trees, because it was too hot in the sun, I stopped to listen to the birds and watched several coal tits splashing about in a puddle.