A walk round Badbury Rings

Rod, Tilly and myself took a few hours away from gardening (me), restoring a Chevrolet (Rod) and Tilly sleeping, and went up to Badbury Rings in the morning for a walk. As it was mid June we were hoping to see plenty of Butterflies, unfortunately it was a little windy and there didn’t seem to much about except for the Meadow Brown butterflies, they seem to be in abundance this year. We did see a few Marbled Whites and Ringlets.

Marble White Butterfly
Marble White Butterfly

I spotted a Stonechat with flies it’s beak which was very nice to see, we have only seen them at Arne before.

Male Stonechat with flies
Male Stonechat with flies

As there were a shortage of Butterflies I decided to concentrate on the flowers that covered the chalky rings. The flowers differ quite alot from our wildflowers in the river Stour valley.

Wild Thyme
Wild Thyme
Agrimony
Agrimony
St John's Wort
St John’s Wort
Common Vetch
Common Vetch

I went into the woodland at the top and met the cows that graze the grass in the summer, they looked like Devon reds I gave them a wide berth as they were coming down the path, I’ve met some of these cattle before and they can be quite feisty!

Cows grazing Badbury Rings
Cows grazing Badbury Rings

We had a drive towards Wimborne St Giles on the way back but again didn’t spot much in the way of wildlife but again some wildflowers, the Rosebay Willowherb and the delicate Harebells.

Harebells
Harebells
Rosebay Willow Herb
Rosebay Willow Herb

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