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A winter walk around Lancing Ring

A winter walk around Lancing Ring.
A set of pictures from Andy Brook of North Lancing dot com 

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The day before May

Broad-bodied Chaser (a dragonfly) Libellula de...

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On the eve of May-Day, the fields and woods of the reserve are well advanced in their growing stages. The heatwave of recent days has brought growth forward by as much as three weeks according to some estimates.

I took a walk from the main entrance via the Chalkpit and part of McIntyres Meadow, doubling back to view the Dewpond and then down to see the Early-Purple Orchids in the lower Ash wood area, making my exit via the lower meadow back through the car park.

May Trees

The sight of Hawthorn trees in blossom heralded the start of May most aptly. The ground flora most apparent is large swathes of  blue flowered Germander Speedwell, occasionally contrasting with clumps of yellow Meadow Buttercups.

Buttercups and Germander Speedwell

Among other patches  of grasses and were  flowering clumps of Common Crosswort.

Common Crosswort

On reaching the dewpond it was good to see the first Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonflies, darting about over the shallow water.

Onward through the woods and to the area of Early-Purple Orchids (Orchis mascula). They were almost passing their peak of flowering and showing the first signs of the flowers wilting.  These woodland orchids have done well and continue to widen their spread by a small amount each year. In spite of occasional trampling and attack from what I assume to be slug or snails that nibble off the emerging flower heads.

Autumn Coffee Morning

Tea, coffee and biscuits were on offer amid the sales of  bric -a-brac, books, puzzles and plants at this years Autumn Coffeee Morning. Our long serving members and friends gave their time to man the annual fundraising event.
The Public began to arrive while the weather was fine but as it deteriorated fewer people came through the door.
The overall attendance was low but for those who came for coffee and tea, enjoyed the company of familiar faces to chat for an hour or so.

In the background a slideshow was projected onto the wall showing the plants and animals of Lancing Ring.
Some people in the Hall with health and fitness issues are unable to get on to the reserve and this may be the only chance they have of seeing the open land they give their support to.

common spotted orchid

common spotted orchid7837, originally uploaded by Lancing Nature.

Seen on Applesham Bank, north of the bridleway