MARSHLAND

The marshland is one of the biggest habitats at Shieling Holidays, stretching from the main campsite right down to the shore.  Start from the Shieling kitchen behind the main showers on the lower campsite (map F6).  Walk through Alder, Silver birch and Gorse, where on sunny days you may see the Gorse Shieldbug sunbathing on top of the bushes. This sheltered area has a wealth of wildlife, including a number of unique species.  From May to July, you can see the rare Marsh Fritillary butterfly, whose caterpillars feed on the Devil's Bit Scabious , and from July to September, the Scotch Argus .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round-leaved SundewLook closely at the smaller plants and you may see the insect eating Common Butterwort, with its small blue flowers, and Round-leaved Sundew, with red leaves covered in a sticky substance to catch the insects.  There are many orchids, including the Fragrant, Heath-spotted & Northern Marsh , both in this area and in the marshland in front of the Cottage (map D5), where you will find a very nice group of Flag Iris.  On the path to the shore, you will see the delicate Grass of Parnassus flower, and may raise a snipe, now quite rare.  Keep an eye open for the fast flying Gold-ringed Dragonfly hunting for smaller insects.

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