The cowslips grow on more open ground than the primroses and both are the food plant of the caterpillars of the rare Duke of Burgundy butterfly. The name cowslip may come from the old English for cow dung as they were often found growing in pastures amongst the manure.
The primroses are still flowering, but they're in small patches in the ragpits, whereas the cowslips are appearing all over the open grassland.
We found another slow-worm. This one looks like it's lost the end of its tail, which they can do to escape predators. The tail can grow back, but is usually smaller than the original tail. Despite looking like snakes, they're legless lizards and eat slugs and worms.
Bug Mad Girl had a hunt through the chalk scraped out of some badger setts. She was looking for fossils, but didn't find any today. She did find a hatched pigeons egg though.