Bee Orchid

I think that, if there is one plant that everybody wants to see at Sheskinmore, it’s the fabled Bee Orchid (Ophris apifera). Michele and I were at Sheskinmore today (02.07.17) and went back to the place we’d seen some growing two weeks ago; there was still one in bloom. It has been nearly 10 years…

Pity the poor Frog Orchid – 19th August 2016

Nature paints a vivid canvas of many colours around our feet as we walk Sheskinmore each summer – dazzling us with displays of purple and pink orchids and carpets of white, blue and yellow flowers of so many species. Come August colours begin to change and this year by the middle of the month most…

Habitats, wildflowers, butterflies and moths – a great day out at Tramore-Magheramore

On the 30 July, around 40 people gathered at Tramore to walk across Tramore strand, Carrickalahagh headland and back via Magheramore. The walk, organised by An Taisce and Birdwatch Ireland, was led by our field guide Ralph Sheppard. The weather was good but with two heavy showers. Tramore Ralph discussed the major changes which had taken place at…