And today the Hummingbird Hawk Moths arrived 👍
They’re one of my favourite moths, and if you’ve ever seen one you’ll know exactly why they get their name. In fact, they look and behave so much like their feathered namesake that every year the RSPB get phone calls from worried members of the public reporting that they’ve seen escaped Hummingbirds!
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IMPORTANT: you must register your opinion about the proposed Quarry at The Severals before 18 March 2019
This map shows the scale of the proposed quarry on the edge of Midhurst. The proposed location is marked in red, Midhurst is in blue. It’s a vast area, right on the edge of town.
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Fallow deer killed jumping a fence in The South Downs National Park
This really is a horrible sight. This is what happens when a deer traps a leg between the top two wires of a stock fence. It leads to the slow, painful and agonising death of the deer. It’s upsetting to see – especially when (like this) it happens twice in a week. But worst of all, it’s totally avoidable. Let me explain why.
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Fog all day, but not on The South Downs
This foggy view isn’t unusual over Midhurst and the Rother Valley. It’s a temperature inversion in the atmosphere. As air rises it normally gets colder, but if the temperature is only a couple of °C and there’s no breeze and clear skies, the reverse can happen and the air nearest to the ground gets stuck there – trapped under a layer of warmer air above it.
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South Downs mist at Heyshott
Another magical autumn morning on The South Downs.
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Trees in the mist
I had to make a brief stop on the way to work this morning to run into the woods with my camera! I got a few funny looks….
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Rooks and Heron
Spotted this very grey-looking Rook in the tree this morning…
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Here’s a photo from early morning on 1st September 2018… one of those perfect Autumn mornings when the mist settles under the Downs, the trees are turning and there’s a nip in the air.
Got to love Autumn… view this image at full size on Flickr.
This is a monster of a haystack!
25 feet tall and built with great care an precision… I came across it behind the village of Lavant in West Sussex after the field had been combined and cleared. The next day it had gone.
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We were contacted by reader of the Bepton Down blog who asked about a helicopter crash when he was a schoolboy. “Does anyone remember the helicopter that crashed on Bepton Down in the mid 1960s? I was a boarder at Midhurst Grammar School at the time and went to see the crashed remains up there on the hillside a couple of days after it happened.”
Richard Stephenson would like to know if anyone can remember any more details about this tragic accident? Please get in touch if you have any memories or information about the crash so we can pass them on to Richard and share with others. At the front of my mind are the two crew lost their lives that day – it would be good to remember these men as part of the history of Bepton Down.
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