|M40 cutting the reserve in two|
While we were there we decided to see if we could find the rare rose moss. We'd been shown where it was last year on a guided moss walk, so we knew where to look. It likes one small section of chalk grassland on the reserve and is very particular, growing only on the north side of the yellow meadow ant hills. With its rosette of leaves, it really does look like a tiny green rose.
|Aston Rowant NR is covered in ant hills, but the rose moss only grows on a |
few of them
|This one always looks like it might get up and start walking around!|
I was hoping we might see some green hairstreak butterflies too. Even though it was very sunny, there had been a frost overnight so I think it was a bit too cold (in fact we didn't see any butterflies at all). They should be appearing in the next week or two though, so I'll keep an eye out for them.
Back at the house one of the red kites was sat in a tree, so I couldn't resist taking a few photos!
|Having a shake|