After completing the Cumbria Way last week I have put together the following as a summary of some of the wildlife I identified along the way (CLICK HERE for more information on the Cumbria Way and see the bottom of this post for the itinerary).
Spotted 41 different species during the walk, 8 of those for the first time (starred).
Lesser Black-backed Gull
In addition, I heard the distinct call of the Cuckoo for the first time, heard an adult and juvenile Tawny Owl outside of my tent on one occasion and also the loud, shrill call of the Green Woodpecker and the loud, fast, very short drumming of the Great Spotted Woodpecker whilst walking.
Also found a Barn Owl pellet just outside of Gawthwaite. After each night’s hunting a Barn Owl regurgitates one or two black pellets typically about the size of a man’s thumb which contain the remains of what the owl has eaten but cannot digest – in this case the pellet had beetle wing cases inside, still intact!
Saw many different wild flowers during the walk. The following are some of the ones I have been able to positively ID for the first time:
Common Bistort(Persicaria bistorta)
Greater Stitchwort (Stellaria holostea)
Water Avens (Geum rivale)
Crosswort (Cruciata laevipes)
Cuckooflower/Lady’s Smock (Cardamine pratensis)
Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
Ivy-leafved Toadflax (Cymbalaria muralis)
Lesser Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage (Chrysosplenium oppositifolium)
Common Tormentil (Potentilla erecta)
And after some help:
Pink Purslane (Claytonia sibirica)
Yellow Corydalis(Pseudofumaria lutea)
Parsley Fern (Cryptogramma crispa)
Saw a number of butterflies but only managed to positively ID two – the Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae) and Orange-tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines).
Unfortunately, not a great deal on the mammal front (apart from the common farm animals). Spotted two Wood Mouse in woodland close to Tarn Hows and heard the quite terrifying bark of a Fox outside of my tent in Parson’s Park just outside of Caldbeck. Also stumbled upon a Badger Sett near Orthwaite!
Day 1 – Arrive at Ulverston
Day 2 – Ulverston to Coniston (15 miles)
Day 3 – Coniston to Great Langdale (12 miles)
Day 4 – Great Langdale to Rosthwaite (10 miles)
Day 5 – Rosthwaite to Keswick (6 miles)
Day 6 – Whinlatter Forest
Day 7 – Keswick to Caldbeck (15 miles)
Day 8 – Caldbeck to Carlisle (14 miles)