Scrapbook ~ Wildlife walks throughout the year
Saturday 28th June 2014
Alfriston - Lullington - Wilmington - Folkington - Jevington - Alfriston
We are covering the whole of the South Downs from east to west over the next
couple of months. In the past 2 weeks we've done the Eastbourne and Seaford
areas. This week we thought we would do the bit inbetween.
The Met Office told us that our home town would be wet and stormy all day but
the Eastbourne area would be hot and sunny so that sounded perfect.
It was lucky we believed the meteorologists as we got soaked on the bike between
Crawley and Ashdown Forest, but then, as promised, the sun came out and by the
time we got to our destination we were dried off again.
On the way we saw a patch of upside-down rainbow and excitedly thought we were
seeing a circumzenithal arc but as it became more complete we realised we were
looking at a 22 degree halo instead, an altogether much more common atmospheric
phenomena. Still looks good though!
What a beautiful relaxing day we had amongst all of the wild flowers and
grasses. Birds and insects were busy everywhere plus we saw a Bank Vole and
Britain's smallest mammal, the Pygmy Shrew - about the size of a bumble bee!
A 22 degree halo seen from Alfriston
The tiny church at Lullington which today was prepared for an imminent wedding.
Stunning view across to Firle beacon
Round Headed Rampion
Cinnabar moth caterpillar
Five-spot Burnett moth caterpillar
The Long Man of Wilmington.
The stunning Lullington Heath Nature Reserve
Yellow Wort (Blackstonia perfoliata)
These mushrooms smelt so strongly of Porcini that they instantly made our mouths
water and our stomachs grumble.
They didn't look like porcini though!
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