I grew up in Chinnor so I was very familiar with the hills around the cement works, but it's years since I've been up there and I hadn't visited this area since it became a reserve. The sun was shining and the dog needed a walk so Mum and I decided to take a look around there this morning.
The reserve is lovely and peaceful. We didn't make it up into the beech woods today, but stayed on the long stretch of chalk grassland that runs along the edge of one of the cement works pits.
At points you could see over the hedge to the flooded pit.
The site's securely fenced, presumably so people and dogs don't fall into the pit. It was good to see several tunnels to let small mammals move through the fence though.
The site was full of chalk grassland flowers. most noticeably large amounts of rare Chiltern Gentian. It's such a pretty purple star shaped flower and a real treat to see.
|A comma enjoying a juicy blackberry|
There seemed to be lots of dragonflies flying around, far more than we usually see when we're walking in the hills.
|Looks like a skull to us!|
Beautiful butterflies, fabulous flowers, stunning views and a little bit of fossil hunting. That's my sort of morning!