A quick trip to Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory, or rather Restharrow Nature Reseve (as there were no birds apart from a cute family of diving Tufted Ducklings of note) provided some interesting plants:
Then later, as I was east of Canterbury, it seemed impolite not to visit East Blean Wood to see the Heath Fritillaries. Sure enough, they were fluttering around their usual clearing as if they were the commonest butterfly in the land.
When one flew into the car and sat on the upholstery it occured to me that it represented about 1% of the national population.
Heath Fritillary caterpillars eat Common Cow Wheat, which is actually not common at all, and so their habitat is restricted to a few woods in England. More details about this colony can be found here.
I have to say that I did not consider it impolite not to drive a few more miles to Grove to see a small wader that looks like a stretched Dunlin, so I have to rely upon Steve R's customary diligence for this shot of a White-Rumped Sandpiper (with Shelduck for size comparison).
In compensation, a family of swans waddled past a line of cars waiting at a level crossing, presumably looking for the river. The cygnets had great difficulty in climbing the curb.
Note to keen birders....yes, sometimes I would travel some distance to see a rarity such as a W-RS, but today my heart wasn't in it (just as well, because it had gone by this time).