Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Kingsdown Grassland

By starting this blog in June, the main objects of my attentions (birds) are unfortunately mostly hidden, having either moved on north, or made a nest or fledged chicks in which case they don't want to draw attention to themselves. Consequently, photo-opportunities with birds are rare, but at least in Kingsdown there are other targets - and I've been concentrating on chalkland butterflies and plants this week, although with little sunshine the former have tended to keep hidden too.

A stroll along part of the golf practice area provided the usual kind of common chalk downland plants, as well as one pyramidal orchid:

Other flowers were seen, and shall hopefully be identified in due course. I'll make guesses at the moment - please feel free to correct them!

Kidney Vetch

Harebells - lovely, and frequent in Kingsdown


Beautiful, but I have no idea what it is - the leaf (bottom right) is like a nettle [months later, with the assistance of Dinah, I've discovered that this is Germander Speedwell, not Whatthef]

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