What a joy to spot and photograph this cooperative Green Hairstreak butterfly this afternoon on this bush alongside the bridleway at Wolstonbury Hill, which, by the way, was the stagecoach route from London to Brighton via Hustpierpoint.
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Sunday, 26 April 2015
A mysterious parasitic plant that lives underground and is only visible when it flowers now -- Toothwort.
In the Long Plantation of Shabden Park in Surrey this footpath has been coppiced and Toothwort is in flower now adjacent to hazel trees. I have also seen it in Derbyshire (the Dales), Shropshire (Wenlock Edge) and here in the Surrey Hills; all calcareous limestone or chalk habitats and, as yet, never in Sussex. I keep looking in Sussex!
Stitchwort and bluebells; another magical combination adjacent to St Barnabas church, Ranmore, Surrey yesterday.
Click here http://sussexrambler.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/st-barnabas-church-ranmore-surrey.html for an earlier blog entry on this fine church.
It is so named because the leaf shape resembles a colt's foot in cross section.
Thursday, 23 April 2015
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
After a good lunch in the restaurant at Denbies on Sunday 12th April 2015, we headed westwards from the car park along Bradley Lane through the vineyards and up towards Ashcombe Wood.
The walk is three miles with 455 feet (139 meters) of ascent and descent on good quality tracks. One section through the woods on the return is however, steep and uneven and boots are recommended.
Click here, http://sussexrambler.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/denbies-to-box-hill-three-miles.html for details of that pre-lunch walk.
Click here http://sussexrambler.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/brown-hairstreaks-brown-argus-mating.html to see some of the butterflies and plants on Ranmore Common if you prefer a longer walk.
This walk turns to the right however, leaving the North Downs Way and heads North East past "Dairy Cottages" and "The Forts".
Straight ahead is the track back to Denbies.
This is a lovely walk, which took us an hour and a half at a gentle pace with stops to admire the views, the plants and butterflies; Brimstones and Peacocks.
For butterflies in August in Surrey, please see http://sussexrambler.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/beautiful-butterflies-in-surrey-hills.html
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