Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Wear and tear

After a long week of high temperatures and strong sunshine, it is little wonder that some of our wildlife is showing the effects - the top of Box Hill was alive with Marbled Whites and Meadow Browns, but plenty of the former species were tatty and faded (see bottom picture - this particular individual won't be winning any prizes). A quick visit to the Park Downs 'orchid meadows' revealed that most of the Bee Orchids had blackened, shrivelled and will not be looking their best again this year. However, the Marjoram has taken over, and is promising a fine flowering.


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