Some flowers that have been seen on Traprain in 2015 are :
Yarrow (summit mid July), Harebells (north, west & summit July, August), Bladder & Red Campion (south side August), Thyme (west July), Primrose (north April), Heath Bedstraw (summit June) - and many others!
While ragwort has been diminishing (through clearance by hand) it has made possible for Groundsel to flourish more in 2014/15 - a bird's delight!
Interested in why ragwort is being cleared throughout July 2015 on Traprain? See this page half way down.
Pony conservation grazing really works!
Flowers coming through at Traprain (May 2015)
(opposite : photo taken at ground level on the west side.
Two photos below : taken on the lower north slope. If you are in the area in May 2015 you can see many of the primroses from the road on the north (car park side).
Below: Flowers and views from 2014
View from Traprain's summit - south view
Above: Heath Bedstraw growing on Traprain's summit June 2014
Flowers south side May 2014
Opposite : The Ragwort flower. Liz is often asked by visitors to Traprain why she is removing the very pretty ragwort flower. Unfortunately although this plant is very beautiful it is also one of the most toxic plants to horses and ponies. It is vital that when removing this plant ALL parts of the plant are removed including the root and that no leaves are left discarded on the ground. The Exmoor pony itself is expert at recognising and avoiding this plant. However, if the plant is damaged to an extent where it is no longer recognised as ragwort to the ponies it is vital it is removed. Even dead ragwort needs a healthy respect given to it as its toxins go back into the root - and ponies are root eaters. Liz has found when removing dead ragwort frequently new ragwort shoots are on the old roots..... Liz, together with members of Lothian Conservation Volunteers (East Lothian Countryside Ranger Service) regularly check Traprain for ragwort and have noted that so far this year (2014)far more smaller, delicate flowers are appearing on Traprain to address the rebalance of habitat for bees, birds and plants where the Ragwort formerly outnumbered the more delicate species of flowers. For more information about ragwort see our "Pony Language" page - straight from the horse's mouth! - by clicking here.
Above: a Small Tortoiseshell seen on a beautiful bed of nettles on Traprain May 2014.
On the same day as this photo was taken a Green-veined White Butterfly was also seen on Traprain.
Further photos for 2015 (above) will be shown on the website as the year progresses.
Photos taken in May 2014
2014 Butterfly & Moth sightings include the beautiful Ringlets, Small Heath, Yellow Shells and Cinnabar Moth. (Full list of butterflies, moths and flowers is given at the bottom of this page).
Flowers north side late April 2014
Traprain is noted for its lichens and mosses - photos to be displayed as soon as possible - but 2014 is showing a vast improvement in the quantity and quality of flowers as well. The Exmoor Traprain ponies are playing a great part in this. Their grazing is encouraging flowers to have space to grow in grasslands that were becoming "rank" with species poor as weed species and out-competing the rarer flowers.
Opposite left: flowers growing on the east summit.
Below: Garden Tiger Moth Caterpillar seen on the summit May 2014