These photos are by Laura Wright


  1. Summary of Wildlife seen 4th June
    Second walk commencing 2pm
    Our route took fourteen adults and some children up through Queensdown Woods. Ivy was pointed out as being a good habitat for nesting birds, and Wren and Blackcap were heard singing. Common plants seen included Wall Lettuce, Herb Robert and Gooseberry – the latter seems to be spreading in woodland around here, but rarely bears fruit worth eating on account of the canopy blocking the sun.
    On reaching the set-aside field we immediately heard and saw Skylarks. It is worth remembering that they are easily disturbed, and visitors should keep near to the paths and not venture too far into the centre of the field for any length of time. Butterflies seen along the woodland edge were Small Heath and Meadow Brown, also the day-flying Cinnabar moth. The pretty but often overlooked small flowers of Grass Vetchling were noted as well as numerous Common Vetch plants.
    Turning right to move downhill at the end of the woods, we found Blue Fleabane and Orange Hawkweed, the latter more commonly nick-named Fox and Cubs on account of the flower heads which often show one bud slightly more advanced than the others, in a cluster – ie the orange adult fox and its little cubs. It is a pretty plant often colonised in garden lawns. Two Pyramidal Orchids were found along this edge and lots of Common Broomrape in the field.
    We dropped down through the woods and onto a sheltered bank at the end of the industrial estate. Here was the attractive Quaking Grass in abundance, and a number of butterflies including Common and Small Blue. Amongst the plants here were Broad-leaved Everlasting Pea, Yellowwort and Meadow Vetchling.
    Two of the party had cameras and were actively getting shots of the plants and butterflies as we moved along. Unfortunately butterflies were pretty thin on the ground today, and rarely stayed still long enough, but everyone, and also the younger ones showed interest and enthusiasm in the wildlife on show.
    Peter Whitcomb

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