Saturday, 1 August 2015

Life in a dune slack on Lindisfarne NNR

This week we carried out an ‘Integrated Site assessment; (ISA) on the Snook, Lindisfarne SSSI. The purpose of the ISA was to assess the condition and management of the dune slack and sand dune vegetation which are protected under the SSSI designation.

Historically used to stuff mattresses the delicate ladies bedstraw can be seen throughout the dunes at this time of year. 

We have an abundance of the brightly coloured burnet moth on the reserve at the moment.

Garden Tiger moths are more commonly found flying at night. This picture shows the beautiful pattern which shows where it gets it's name.

During the assessment we identified lots of exciting and rare plants and invertebrate species including: coral-root orchid (Corallorhiza trifida), Shoreweed (Littorella uniflora),Lindisfarne hellaborine found only on Lindisfarne, green fritillary butterflies and the Isabella Tiger moth.

  Katie Coombs SSSI Officer

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