We had originally intended to walk up and over the hill to Dorsetshire Gap, but as we couldn't even see the hill through the drizzly rain we decided to take a closer look at the plants that were dripping on us in the hedgerow...
This wet summer has meant that plants have grown larger and more luxuriant than normal. Along the track up to Dorsetshire Gap the Common Hogweeds were almost six feet high and the Dog's Mercury had us thinking it was some sort of shrub! There were a few insects too with a number of day-flying moths that like us were too tough (or daft) to worry about the rain. A family of Spotted Flycatchers were taking advantage of the shelter under the trees and picking off lots of the little flies that were buzzing around.
As we left I remarked that we had found a good variety of plants, perhaps as many as 50 species. I was wrong, it was 60!
We'll have another go at this walk on Monday September 3rd.
Yellow Shell (a moth)
Holly Tortrix (a moth)
Plant Bug (Calocoris sexguttatus)
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