I will add, though, that I saw only a couple of common spotted orchids this spring, and I've only seen one single spear thistle locally, to the chagrin of our chaffinches, who love to eat the seeds. They are not exactly rare elsewhere however!
My daily morning dog-walk takes me along a mile or so of the local road. While the moors, which are grazed by only a thin scattering of nomadic sheep, are all but bare of our common wild flowers, the roadside verges are akin to a wildflower nature reserve. Here is the road just along from the Barn - look at all that knapweed...
|... and the grasses are shoulder-high.|
(Cupar looks a bit bored).
|Just one knapweed flower - of thousands!|
|Ever taken a close look at a roadside flower?|
|How dainty is the meadowsweet - and it smells wonderful too!|