Friday, 10 June 2011


I took the opportunity last weekend to to make my annual trip to the wonderful Martin Down NNR on the Wiltshire-Hampshire border to seek out butterflies, orchids and maybe nightingales.  This large area of ancient chalk grassland has been carefully managed to promote a wonderful host of interesting and rare species, its a gem of a place and a rightly famous site; ironically it was the arable field next door that really captured my attention!

For some reason the weed-killer had not done its job - I'm not sure if it was the timing or the weather or maybe it was even deliberate, but either way it was a mass of poppies, Shepard's pursue and other weeds in a fading sea of yellow flowered rape.

Field Pansy

Common fumitory
Petty spurge
Field pansy

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