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Monday 18 August 2014

The changing face of the South Downs with the blue of Hairbells, "the Pride of Sussex", Common blue butterflies and grey seed-heads of Yellow Rattle

 Delicate blue Harebells are beautiful now on the South Downs of Sussex.
These pictures are from Wolstonbury Hill.
The brown coloured female Common blue butterfly above is getting the attention of the male on the right.
He has hard a hard season.  Whole patches of scales are missing from his wings, which are also damaged with a missing chunk.
Beneath the hill the farmer is busy tilling the land to the delight of a flock of seagulls following to grab the worms.

The Round-headed Rampion, the County flower of Sussex, "the Pride of Sussex" is in full bloom now and a delight to see.
The view westwards to Chanctonbury Hill.

The west facing slopes are dotted with the grey seed-heads of Yellow Rattle.
Wild Marjoram, Origanum vulgare is providing nectar for insects still. 
Another battered male Common blue above and what looks like a female Common blue below.

The South Downs are magical places -- at any time of year.  See should you like a guided walk at any time.

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