|The reserve is both sides of the motorway|
As I was trying to get a photo of one of them, a flash of purple caught my eye under a nearby Hawthorn. I had a closer look and found a large patch of Early Purples in the shade under the bushes. The slope is very exposed (it was blowing a gale and very cold whilst I was there), so I guess they get a bit of protection under there.
|The orchids were growing in amongst the Hawthorn|
|Looking out, from inside the Hawthorn|
|Looking back at the clump of Hawthorn shrubs|
|Tiny blue flower|
|Sunken track at the bottom of the slope|
I found some Horseshoe Vetch in flower on the sides of the sunken path. It's the foodplant of the Chalkhill Blue caterpillar, which are found in abundance on the site later in the year.
I walked back up the path through the woods and saw some beautiful ferns growing, as well as Yew trees with amazing roots hanging on to a steep bank.
|The woods were full of large ferns|
|The Yew tree was hanging on tight to the bank|
Driving back to the main road, I ended up stopping the car to take some photos of the bluebells. They were starting to go over, but still looked stunning in the woods and were well worth stopping for.
|Bluebells and Greater Stitchwort|