South Downs Bluebells
This year we’ve seen some pretty impressive displays of bluebells. I’ve been told that the wet winter and spring has helped to produce lots of healthy plants, and that the lack of rain over the last few weeks has created the perfect finish. Bluebells aren’t very sturdy plants, and the heavy showers that we might normally expect in April usually make them collapse.
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60 years of decline at Bepton Down SSSI
Bepton Down is 14 hectares of unique chalk grassland on the north face of the South Downs overlooking Bepton. It’s a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and an area of national importance.
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If you’ve not seen one before this is a Robin’s Pincushion. Or a ‘Bedeguar Gall’.
This ‘pincushion’ in the hedgerows is a gall from a wasp that lays eggs in the stems of wild roses.
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South Downs Bee Orchid
How about this for a stunning little orchid!? When I see British wild flowers like this I marvel at how wonderful nature can be. Goodness knows how or why this little flower evolved to look like a bee, but that’s only half of the mystery of the bee orchid.
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Pyramidal orchids on an evening in June
Thursday evening is my favourite time of the week.
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A big white white orchid that looks like a hyacinth!
The start of the season saw a few setbacks with very few Early Purple Orchids or Cowslips. But things have improved a little and there are now lots of Common Spotted Orchids, Twayblades and these lovely Greater Butterfly Orchids.
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Bepton Down Orchids
I’ve written before about the plight of Bepton Down. This year the Down has struggled. It’s an SSSI but the weather and some land management problems caused some problems for the early flowers. There were very few Cowslips and the Early Purple Orchids just didn’t show at all.
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Set-aside agricultural land
If you’ve driven along the road between Midhurst and Petworth this week and you’ll almost certainly have spotted this impressive field of poppies. When I stopped to take a photograph I had to queue to get into the field behind another four photographers, one of whom had traveled from Portsmouth to see these flowers!
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There’s an old footpath near our office in Farnborough that runs behind Asda and B&Q. I was looking for ‘an Act of Wildness’ at lunchtime so I headed onto this urban footpath in search of inspiration – and to get out of the wind and the rain!
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Bepton Down, down in the dumps
30 Days Wild is an opportunity to make room for nature this June – no matter where you are or how busy your life is! Make this the month when you do something wild every day.
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