It's name does not mean 'windless' - indeed it was quite draughty at the top.
I didn't expect much....just a piece of open downland close to town, with the standard chalk species, but I was surprised by the variety. Some of the area is wooded and is being cleared in stages to provide different growth habitats. Part of the woodland includes oak trees which have seeded up the hillside (becoming more stunted as they ascend).
Also, a thin layer of clay-with-flints overlying the chalk has enabled acid-loving plants like dyers' greenweed to flourish here.
There is also a thriving community of cypress spurge, an attractive member of the family that is only dotted around the county.
Another plant struck me in one of those 'cool, what the heck is that?' moments. From the books it seems to be crown vetch, a bushy plant that is probably an escape or an introduction, growing right at the top of the hill.
Not many birds around at the moment, as they are busy doing other things. The in-laws have kept their feeders filled and have attracted a wide clientele:
A great spotted woodpecker feeds his youngsters, who sit in an old plum tree nearby - unfortunately the red-heads kept away from the camera