Heath Spotted Orchid
Public and permissive footpaths criss cross these commons and provide an interesting stroll around a rather unusual Chiltern habitat.
Our summer butterflies are emerging following what has been, so far, a very good year for earlier species. At BBOWT's Finemere Wood Reserve near Quainton, a regional speciality, the Black Hairstreak, is now on the wing. This scarce species is confined to woodlands on clay soils between Oxford and Peterborough, its larval stage favouring Blackthorn.
At BBOWT's Aston Clinton Ragpits reserve between Halton and Aston Hill, Greater Butterfly Orchids are now blooming. This tiny sanctuary alongside a busy road supports huge numbers of common orchids too including Fragrant and Common Spotted, plus a host of other plants and insects.
Greater Buttefly Orchid at Aston Clinton Ragpits