I walked up a track and watched Speckled Woods dancing around in the sunlight, then resting for a few moments. Each one guarded their territory, never straying far from their patch. I walked out of one territory and into another one, encountering butterflies all the way up the track.
I noticed a sign that I was really impressed with - polite, explains why you should pick up after your dog and appears to work. I didn't see any dog poo when I went onto the reserve past that sign. Perhaps there should be more like this!
I walked through the gate onto the chalk slope of Bald Hill. It was a wonderful sight, with Common Spotted Orchids and other wild flowers covering the slope and insects, in turn, all over the flowers. This could definitely become another one of my favourite locations!
|Fat-legged Beetle on a Common Spotted Orchid|
|A white Common Spotted Orchid|
|Beacon Hill in the distance with the M40 running through the middle|
|Greater Butterfly Orchid|
I turned back and retraced my steps, keeping an eye out for the Frog Orchids. In a couple of places I walked through a swarm of small barred long horn moths. They seem to rest on a specific bush, so if you disturb them they fly around you eventually settling back on the same bush.
|Caught in a swarm!|
|Small barred long horn moths|