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