A cabbage in the dunes.

P 450. Crosby Dunes

This week I went for a short stroll through Crosby Sand-dunes which stretch south from Crosby Baths to the boundary of Liverpool Freeport. The area consists of both mobile and fixed dunes and contains a wide variety of plant life. Close to the baths the dunes were covered in Sea Holly which was just coming into bloom.

P451 Sea Holly

I had been told that there was an abundance of Isle of Man Cabbage in these dunes and that was what I was searching for.

1456 b Isle of Man Cabbage1431b Isle of Man Cabbage

                         Isle of Man Cabbage, Coincya nonensis.

The Isle of Man Cabbage is a subspecies of plant in the Brassicaceae family, looking nothing like the vegetable that we eat with our meat and potatoes.

The species is becoming quite rare and is listed as nationally scarce in Britain. It was once abundant in the Isle of man, hence its name but its population has collapsed. The dunes along the Sefton Coast are one of the few places where it can be found. The species needs mobile sand dunes where wind erosion prevents thick vegetation cover giving it a chance to colonise.

As I left the dunes and approached Marine Lake I saw lots of beautiful Orchids.

P 438 Early Marsh OrchidP 440 Early Marsh Orchid

I think they are the Early Marsh Orchid ( Dactyloriza incarnata)

I finished my walk with a stroll along the beach and a chance to chat to the Iron Men.


About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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2 Responses to A cabbage in the dunes.

  1. Lovely flowers…(Suzanne)

  2. crosbyman66 says:

    Thank you. I am so lucky to have this wonderful coastline just a couple of miles from home.

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