Saturday, May 10, 2008

A Walk at the Lower Test Nature Reserve

This Morning we went on a guided walk arranged by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. This walk takes place once a year and we are able to go into the flower meadows that are usually closed to the public to protect the rare plants that grow here. Water Avens is rare in the south although a little more common further north. There are also greenwinged orchids and Hairy Buttercups and the rare adders tongue fern.More common wildflowers can also be found . it was a little early for butterflies and dragonflies, but we did see speckled wood and orange tips. Just at the end of the walk we saw a broad bodied skimmer drying its wings after hatching.

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