Barton Hills

This afternoon I paid a visit to the Barton Hills Nature Reserve, near Barton-le-Clay here in South Beds. I’d walked through the reserve a couple of times, on the Chiltern Way and the John Bunyan Trail, but hadn’t previously looked round it for wildflowers. It’s chalk grassland, like the other sites I’ve been to recently (Ivinghoe Beacon, Pitstone Hill, Totternhoe) so I didn’t expect to see much that I hadn’t seen before. I saw just a couple of pyramidal orchids, but there was a┬álot of the lovely Clustered Bellflower. I came across one very tiny flower that I have yet to identify.There were a few butterflies – Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and a badly faded Blue of some sort that I’ve not identified. I enjoyed my time there – I would have gone on to explore Pegsdon Hill and Telegraph Hill as well, but a thunder storm arrived so I just drove home instead.

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