|Peter Creed showing us our route on the map|
|Home to spiders and flies|
|Most had gone to seed already|
|Newly emerged amethyst deceivers|
|Red cracked bolette - Has a distinctive red stem and yellow pores (instead |
|Saffrondrop bonnet - a Chilterns speciality that grows on |
fallen beech masts. You can squeeze the saffron coloured
juice from the stem and write with it!
We carried on out of the woods onto the chalk grassland. It was a lovely sunny morning and the view was wonderful, with Chinnor below and Oxford, Aylesbury and Didcot in the distance.
|The Chinnor Chuffer chugged along the bottom of the hill - today it was a |
diesel engine but quite often it's a steam engine
The grass and flowers were full of grasshoppers and crickets, which kept Bug Mad Girl busy as she chased them around.
A paraglider launched himself into the air by running down the slope next to us. He must have had such a great view from up there, but I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to do that!
To finish off our walk we headed to a tucked away corner of the reserve where we found a patch of short grass full of beautiful gentian. It's so stunning with it's purple star shaped flowers with white fringed centres.
What a great morning and so nice to walk around with an expert to point out all the things we might otherwise have missed.