The Meadows

Where the Butterflies are ..

The wonderful Marbled White butterfly enjoys the southern slope in July and August.

A butterfly walk with friends in summer 2001

A butterfly walk with friends in summer 2001

Grassland is also favoured by the Small Skipper, Small Copper, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Wall BrownHolly Blue, Common Blue and Chalk Hill Blue.

South slopes in the month of February

South slopes in the month of February

View above is looking east towards the main Mill Road car park the meadows here are interspersed with thickets of trees and shrubby Gorse and Dogwood . These provide shelter and nesting sites for birds.

The meadows are cut once a year during winter, usually in November.

Many species of meadow plants are found here among the varieties of grass, most noticable in July and August are the flower tops of Wild Carrot and Common Knapweed.

Where the grass  is shorter many other flower species can be seen including Ground Ivy, Bird’s-foot Trefoil, Milkwort, Mouse-Ear Hawkweed, Squinancywort, Salad Burnet, Rough Hawkbit, Horseshoe Vetch, Wild Thyme, Germander Speedwell, Stemless Thistle, Ribwort Plantain, Kidney Vetch and Drop Wort.

South Meadow in Early April

South Meadow in Early April

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