Ariadne auf Naxos
"I love being at Glydebourne" says François, "and the opportunity to walk the Downs and see rare orchids and butterflies adds to the joy of being in Sussex at this time of year."
We then walked from Kingston steeply up and over the crest of the Downs to Castle hill, where François was delighted to see tiny Early Spider-orchids -- the first time he had seen these in Sussex.
|Early Spider-orchid, Ophyrs sphegodes|
Other orchids that we saw were Common Twayblade and Common Spotted-orchids.
A wonderful range of butterflies were seen too and will be in a separate blog entry.
In perfect weather, this was truly a day to remember.
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Next month, there is a rare opportunity, organised by The National Trust for an illustrated talk, followed by a walk on Newtimber Hill from the The National Trust learning centre at Saddlescombe Farm on June 20th, 2017.
Details of the event, which must be booked in advance are at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/b2db466a-fdc4-48e8-979f-2fc3df32bdd7/pages/details
A summary of the talk can bee seen at http://www.peterlovetttalks.co.uk/orchids.html