Totternhoe Quarry

This afternoon I visited the nature reserve in the old chalk quarries at Totternhoe, Beds., a few miles from where I live. I was really looking for wildflowers, but hoped to see some birds and butterflies as well.I was lucky enough to see a Man Orchid – I know they are found at Totternhoe, but this was the first time I’d managed to spot one. The much more common Common Mouse-ear was another new flower for me. There was a lot of Sainfoin, and I saw my first Clustered Bellflower of the year.

I managed to photo a Common Whitethroat, and heard but didn’t see a Turtle Dove, something else for which the site is noted.

On the Butterfly Front, I saw several Speckled Woods and a Small Blue.

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