The SSSI at Kilnsey Park always looks bare and rather desolate from the bottom of the site, but between April and September, the impression is misleading. There are lots of ‘goodies’ there, as I found out a few days ago. The site is just beginning to ‘wake up’.  The collage shows, Common Dog Violet, Scurvy- Grass, Primrose, Cowslip, the hybrid False Oxlip, Early Purple Orchid and the shoots of the Lady’s Slipper Orchid.  There are several species of Scurvy-Grass, not easily distinguishable, but the one found in the dales is Pyranean Scurvygrass Cochlearia pyrenaica.

Christine Bell