We had two exciting finds from our walk around Whiteleaf Hill this morning. The first was a stinkhorn, covered in flies and smelling suitably stinky. They smell of rotting flesh to attract the flies, which then disperse the spores. We found one in almost the same place about 4 years ago and every time we walk past we have to look (and smell) for one. Bug Mad Girl's is always sniffing for stinkhorns, so it was great to find one again. We also had a bit of a laugh about what it looks like!
Then we found a large skull in the grass. It's about 20cm long and belongs to a herbivore (judging by its teeth), so I would guess it's a type of deer. We brought it home, so we'll clean it up a bit and try to find out what it is.
A walk through the woods on Chinnor Hill is a real treat at this time of year, even if it's a bit cloudy and drizzly.
|The woods on Chinnor Hill|
|Most have gone to seed already|
|No obvious gills underneath the cap|
We can't visit Chinnor Hill at this time of year without taking a look at the Chiltern Gentian. They're such beautiful flowers and really brighten up a bit of a gloomy day.
|Chiltern Gentian and friends!|
It's a great place to spot butterflies and we were lucky enough to see one silver spotted skipper. We followed it around for a while, but only managed a few out of focus photos!
|Silver spotted skipper|
|Bitter beech bolette|
A fun way to end the summer holidays!