Happy hour is an attractive idea - but this evening provided a happier half-hour visiting the 'other end' of Lydden Down, with a surprising variety of wildlife despite the cool breeze.
A pair of bizarre toadstools grew through a cowpat, accompanied by a frond of Salad Burnet.
In the space of 10 seconds as I passed a stand of Scots Pine, I saw a Sparrowhawk fly, a Little Owl perched on a branch, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers and heard a yaffle from a Yaffle.
As for flora, despite the lateness of the season there remained a good selection of downland flowers, including a Houndstongue with its strange seeds.There were even some Autumn Gentians. What a happy time.
Incidentally, this month's edition of the BBC Wildlife magazine has an article on the Lydden reserve, with a good photo if I do say so myself.