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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Painted Lady butterfly
This Painted Lady butterfly has been in the garden all morning – she’s looking a bit battered around the wing tips – but given that she’s just flown here from Morocco I reckon she’s in pretty good nick!
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Will 2018 be as good as 2017 for Hummingbird Hawkmoths?
It’s only the 21st June and look at this – a Hummingbird Hawkmoth scooting around the garden!
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Oh deer, oh deer, oh deer…
There are lots and lots of deer in and around Bepton. You’ll see large herds of Fallow, small groups of Roe Deer and if you keep your eyes peeled – the occasional glimpse of Muntjac deer. There are plenty of Muntjac in and around Midhurst and the Severals, we often see them on winter evenings on the drive home. Fallow Deer are perfectly suited to life on The South Downs, with arable areas for nighttime grazing and woodland for cover during the day.
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Cheeky sparrow squatting in a House Martin’s nest
OK! So there’s been lots of commotion outside our house this week. There’s been a series of fights and a lot of noise. And the outcome is a squatter has moved into one of the House Martin’s nests!
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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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Andy Goldsworthy’s chalk stones trail
A walk from West Dean to Bepton Down
How cool are these giant chalk balls? Up to 2 metres across they’re scattered across the South Downs from Cocking Hill to West Dean.
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