There were several flowers in amongst the grass of the steep slope, but they were all fairly short. They seemed to be smaller and there were less of them than last year. I hope that's not a sign of things to come for all of the orchids this season!
Last year I found them growing under a small clump of hawthorn and oak and they were growing there again this year.
|You never know what you might find ...|
|Hiding under some very prickly hawthorn|
It wasn't really butterfly weather today, but we did disturb a couple of butterflies as we walked around the reserve.
... and we saw two soldier beetles in the grass.
It's a wonderful reserve to explore, even though the M40 motorway cuts it in two.
|The motorway cuts through the Chiltern hills ...|
|... then winds its way off towards Oxford|