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Sussex Scrapbook ~ Nature walks throughout the year
Green Man
Tuesday 27th June 2006
Old Lodge nature reserve

We had another evening visit to Ashdown Forest. We first had a fleeting visit to the area near the visitors centre but quickly decided to go to Old Lodge nature reserve. It was another gorgeous evening and I think the pictures I took illustrate this.
On the way home we saw a very young fawn on the side of the road lying on it's back twitching. We immediately stopped and rushed to see if it was ok. It stopped moving as we approached it and we feared the worst. However it wasn't dead, so I quickly checked it all over and found no obvious injuries or broken bones. I am pretty sure that it had had a close shave with a car and was just in shock.
We could hear mum in the undergrowth, so we got it on it's feet and tried to send it on it's way. It was still very wobbly, but we left it to sort itself out. Hopefully it is perfectly alright now.

Crepuscula rays seen from Old Lodge.

Golden hour

Heath spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata) found growing in the marshy heath of Old Lodge nature reserve.