All week the plan had been to head over to St. Abbs Head for the Northern Brown Argus on the way home. However, the weather on the Saturday morning was not just bad, it was awful, with torrential rain and gale force winds. We still wanted to see something special on the way south so we decided to head for Gaits Barrow in the Lake District where the extremely rare Lady's Slipper Orchid has been introduced to help reduce the threat of extinction. Fortunately by the time we reached the reserve the weather had improved a little, and it continued to improve whilst we were there. This is one of those special plants that I never even dreamed of ever seeing so to find it here was an amazing experience and was a fitting end to an incredible week of wildlife hunting.
The Lady's Slipper Orchid.