The first thing I noticed was how much work has been done, presumably by the Chiltern Society. A lot of thick scrub and brambles have been cleared and it feels much more open now and will be much easier to explore. Must have been hard, prickly work!
|I had a quick look in the ponds, but couldn't see any frogspawn|
|The entrance to the woods - this area has all been cleared as well|
|This snail lives in Brush Hill|
|A large box, for an owl maybe?|
|A carpet of bluebells in the woods|
|The bluebells are growing well - still too early for flower buds though|
|Lords and Ladies (wild arum)|
There were lots of little birds twittering around, including chaffinches, robins, blue tits and great tits. A great spotted woodpecker appeared high up in a tree and hopped around up there for a while.
Then I headed out of the woods into the freezing wind to take a look at the view.
I could also see Pyrtle Spring, down in the fields below the hill.
|Pyrtle Spring is in the group of trees in the middle of the fields|
|Bug Mad Girl is in school at the bottom of the hill, in the centre of the picture.|
The top of the chalk cross is just beyond the wooden railing.
|looking down at the top of the chalk cross|
|WWI practice trenches|
|Normally I'm looking up to see them, but from the top of the hill you can |
look down on them as they fly past.
|They have a very distinctive outline in flight, with a forked tail and the|
curved shape of their long wings.
Finally, I couldn't resist a bit of moss and lichen ...
|This lichen was pale green - not the usual silver leafy lichen|
|A last quick look at the sleepers edging the car park and I found this |
capillary thread moss - I liked all the capsules on it