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.
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.
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.
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.