Stunning limestone pavements, ancient woodlands, intimate orchards and meadows and an impressive coastline make Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty one of England's finest landscapes. The work of the AONB Partnership aims to conserve and enhance this extraordinary place now and for the future.
Be an Orchid Observer
May 12th, 2015
Scientists at the Natural History Museum want to know how changes in the environment are affecting wild orchids. Of the 56 orchids that grow wild in Britain, 15 can be found in the Arnside & Silverdale AONB. So while you’re out enjoying this stunning landscape, keep your eyes open for these beautiful, charismatic plants.
Simply take a photograph of the flower and upload it to the project website together with the date it was seen and its location. If you’re not too sure what variety it is, there is a handy identification tool on the website too.
To find out more visit www.nhm.ac.uk/orchidobservers
To get you started, May is a great time to see the early purple orchid (pictured) with its distinctive purple flowers and purple spotted leaves.