Haslemere Natural History Society

Providing a focus for enthusiastic naturalists of all ages

Chalk downland flowers on Pewley Down, Guildford (Managed by Guildford Borough Counciland owned by the people of Guildford)

Date: 3 June 2023
Time: 10:30
Directions: GR: TQ004484 GU4 8AW On A281 just past Shalford (towards Guildford and opposite playing fields), turn R into Pilgrims Way. The Echo Pit car park is a short distance along on R signposted North Downs Way and Chantry Wood.
Field Meeting

Leader: Vanessa McClure (HNHS Member and Guildford NHS Member)

In continuous sunshine the flowers were superb, including swathes of bright pink Sainfoin and Yellow Rattle. Among many other species identified were: Bulbous Buttercup, Salad Burnett, Common Milkwort and Pyramidal Orchid.
Vanessa located yellow spikes of Man Orchid, so called because of 4 spurs from each floret resembling arms and legs of a person.
In three wildflower meadows Skylarks were singing and watched flying very high and then plummeting down into the grass.

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