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There is such a noticeable change in the wild flowers from May to June and July that it is a reminder of how very transient they are-- the celandines and bluebells disappeared to be replaced(though in different places) by the yellow bird foot trefoil ,close to the ground ,all over the course and the patches of bright purple wild thyme and masses of blue wild vetch in the rough.




Then we see the splendid purple and pink pyramidal orchids,scattered blue harebells, both usually mixed in a background of the yellow lady's bedstraw which provides an attractive contrast.


All over the rough we see the foamy cream flowers of meadow sweet -- a perennial herb found all over the countryside.




It was commonly used medicinally since the Middle - Ages.( the word aspirin is derived from 'spirin', based on meadow sweet's scientific name 'spiraea'.
Also very common are the varieties of cow-parsley and wild carrot standing up high in the wild areas as well as the numerous yellow flowers of cats-ear and hawks beard that superficially look like tall dandelions but actually belong to the 'daisy' family.



Not much to report this month except to point out the great numbers of Burnet Moths with their 6 red spots on their black wings. I had noticed their preceding small black and yellow striped caterpillars earlier.
 The moths are attracted particularly to the much maligned ragwort and also to our wild orchids so take a close look at either and you should see these beautiful creatures at least for the next week or two.

Last but not least,Donie McIntyre  and vice-captain Denis Kelly came across a wee shrew near the 5th tee.They thought the poor thing seemed very exposed and shepherded it back to safety in the nearby long grass -- good for them!


Murvagh has looked especially beautiful in recent weeks: thanks to our green staff.
It is so lovely to see the combination of careful cultivation and the surrounding wildlife that has been so special this summer.

As always-- any observations from anyone will be most welcome.

Captain John McHardy