Thursday, 22 March 2012

Sexton's Hollow and Oak Beauty

At the base of the North Downs close to Ranmore Common is a small depression that has a magical feel to it. This place has a reason for being there, is hidden from most walkers and is a lost world. In summer it most probably has Bee-eaters feasting on rare insects above it; special plants such as Ground Pine growing on the disturbed chalk within it (possibly); and without doubt harbours plenty of moths to get the lepidopterists pulse to quicken (including the extinct Feathered Ear and Orange Upperwing). It has no name - until now. As the winner of the North Downs and Beyond quiz, this sacred place will forever be known as Sexton's Hollow. When I next visit I will take some pictures and fill you in on its history (and natural history).

This morning moth trap was enlivened by two Oak Beauties, species number 19 for the year. Almost as ubiquitous as a photograph on natural history blogs as Wheatears!

1 comment:

Stewart said...

Superb! I would never have thought of that. Cheers Steve. I'll look for it on the Sat Nav....Yes Oak Beauts take a good pic dont they...