Sunday, 18 November 2018

Butterflies on walk

MEMBERS of the Reading and District Natural History Society walked the southern part of the Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve.

MEMBERS of the Reading and District Natural History Society walked the southern part of the Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve.

It was led by Martin Sell and started at the Cowleaze Wood car park before going round the Linky Down section of the reserve.

Flowers including wild basil, small scabious, yellow-wort, autumn gentian, blue fleabane and Oxford ragwort were spotted. A more unusual find was a white harebell.

A single clouded yellow butterfly was seen, along with a number of Common and Chalkhill Blues, Small Heaths, Speckled Woods and Meadow Browns.

Many bumble bees were resting on flower-heads of gentians and knapweed along the return route up Bald Hill.

There were a number of dewberry plants in a scrubby section and a few frog orchids near the top of the slope.

Some of the juniper bushes were showing dead brown patches which raised concerns that a Phytophthora pathogen, which has been attacking junipers in other parts of the country, may also be attacking there.

To find out more about Reading and District Natural History Society, ring 0118 941 4750, or visit the website at www.rdnhs.org.uk

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