Friday, 3 June 2011

What to see in early June

Frieth and Moorend Commons between the villages of Lane End and Frieth are a patchwork of ancient woodlands, meadows and streams, unusually for the Chilterns situated on acid soils. Consequently the flora differs from most other local woodlands and includes Heath Spotted Orchids, the acid loving relative of our more frequent Common Spotted Orchid, and Southern Marsh Orchid.

Moorend Common

Southern Marsh Orchid

            

Ragged Robin

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

Go to the BBOWT website at http://www.bbowt.org.uk/ for details of their Aston Clinton Ragpits and Finemere Wood nature reserves.

And do let me know what you have seen, either posted in the comments box below or to francisgoome@aol.com

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