Holt Lowes, Wiveton Downs and Blakeney, 29 September - 1 October 2023

A long weekend up in North Norfolk in our motorhome.

On Friday evening and again on Saturday morning we walked various trails on Holt Lowes/Holt Country Park. In lovely early autumn sun we found quite a bit of interest. Botanically it was great to see plenty of Lesser Skullcap in flower (at it's only Norfolk site) along with masses of Round-leaved Sundew, Marsh Lousewort and a few plants of Heath Milkwort. A late single male Keeled Skimmer was patrolling a pond in the wet valley with Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker and Common Darter also being seen. 

It was fungi that stole the show though with several great finds - Bog Waxcap, Mottled Bolete and Greyshank Bolete on the Lowes were followed by Pale Stagshorn, Petticoat Brittlestem, Woolly Fibrecap, The Flirt, The Sickener, Beefsteak Fungus and Tawny Grisette in the mature woodland of the country park.  

Wiveton Downs on Saturday evening yielded not much except Bluefoot Bolete and Suede Bolete and then along Blakeney Bank on Sunday morning a Devil's Coach Horse Beetle showed nicely on the path.

                                                                                                                                  Lesser Skullcap

                                                                                                                             Round-leaved Sundew

                                                                                                                                Heath Milkwort

                                                                                                                                  Bog Waxcap

                                                                                                                                   Pale Stagshorn
                                                                                                                             Beefsteak Fungus
                                                                                                                                  Petticoat Brittlestem
                                                                                                                                   Woolly Fibrecap
                                                                                                                                           The Flirt
                                                                                                                                   Greyshank Bolete

                                                                                                                                   Mottled Bolete
                                                                                                                                    Suede Bolete
                                                                                                                               The Sickener
                                                                                                                     Devil's Coach Horse Beetle

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