Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Yoesden Bank

Yoesden Bank is a steep sided stretch of flower rich chalk grassland to the east of  Radnage Church. Now an open access site its rich flora, birds and butterflies can be enjoyed by all. A couple of parking spaces can be found next to the church and footpaths access the hill from both ends of the slope.

The majestic Fragrant Orchid is beginning to flower on the hill and I found this plant today.
Buzzards nest in the woods behind the hillside and I have seen Ravens overhead too. The Adonis Blue, one of our scarcer chalkland butterflies, occasionally appears on Yoesden Bank. It can be distinguished from other Blues by the black veins that dissect the white fringed wings.
Yoesden Bank will be alive with other butterflies, birds and flowers throughout the summer but be aware that it is a steep site!

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