A lovely walk beneath the heights of Beachy Head to Cow Gap showed, alas, no butterflies or orchids yet, but when I got to the most exposed cliff-edge I sat to enjoy the presence of a female Wheatear. I looked down and saw the tiny early buds of Milkwort........and later glimpsed a mauve variant of the plant.
Cowslips now, both on the downs and at the road-sides. It's good to see the recovery of this once-declining species, but it's been achieved by man, by improving farming practices and by sowing seeds.
Common Whitethroat, quickly a common sight and sound in the hedgerows after a week's arrivals.
Back over the Marsh, I found the solitary Fairfield Church, in the middle of nowhere, with only sheep, swans and skylarks for a congregation.
The interior looks simple, with unusual painted pews, and marvellous roof beams.