Sunday (12th July) I joined a group of 30+ butterfly enthusiasts on a guided walk led by an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable Neil Hulme, from the Sussex branch of Butterfly Conservation UK (http://www.sussex-butterflies.org.uk/). Although the magnificent Purple Emperors did not co-operate for the camera they were however wonderful to see. The assembled crowd made the day doubly enjoyable, with much chat about butterflies, places to visit and cameras! Here are just a few of the shots that I was able to take.
Yesterday (8th July) was my first day volunteering with the National Trust based at Woolbeeding, near Midhurst. I joined a group of four other employees and volunteers, Ragwort pulling on Harting Down. Ragwort is a highly toxic plant which is poisonous to most types of livestock, and as the area is to be used for grazing later in the year it had to be cleared. Not the most exciting of jobs and very hard work but the sun shone, there were butterflies fluttering by and it was lovely to be outside. Here are a few photos of the beautiful Pyramidal Orchids which kept us company whilst we worked. Thank you to everyone at the NT yard for making me so welcome, see you next week!
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We spent a delightful time at Bignor Church on a hot summer afternoon. The transformation of the inside of the church into a woodland wonderland complete with birdsong and waterfall was amazing. Thanks to Bruce Middleton and all the other people who spent so many dedicated hours producing another annual spectacular.