Field Reports

Tuesday 25 th June              Burpham               Leader David Hart

Where was everyone? Perhaps it was the threatened warm forecast for the day? The conditions meant that 4 Chi Nats Members proceeded at a sedate pace north from Burpham, which in turn meant that there were lots of opportunities to stop and observe birds, plants and the farmland management being carried out on the Norfolk Estate; learning all the way.

We had had lapwing chicks pointed out to us by David at the start of our walk and from then on, our list of birds grew:-   Buzzard, linnet, goldfinch, great tit, chaffinch, blackbird, house sparrow, swift, red kite, green finch, jay, white throat, crow, rook, song thrush, pied wagtail, red legged partridge, skylark and a (potential) corn bunting.

There were not too many individual butterflies to be spotted but we noted painted lady, meadow brown, red admiral, marbled white with cinnabar moths over some ragwort. On the mammal front, Hampshire and Romney sheep were identified, whilst fallow and roe deer joined our list, together with the odd (singular, not peculiar!) rabbit.

It was an excellent time of the year to enjoy the plants characteristic of the chalk downlands and especially those flourishing in the headlands (eg chicory) around the fields and those along the hedgerows. This is by no means a complete list:- hounds tongue, clematis, black horehound, melilot, agrimony, mignonette, white campion, bladder campion, silver weed, kidney vetch, pyramidal orchid, yellow rattle, goats beard (or Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon), nipplewort, marjoram, common toadflax,  ploughman’s spikenard, teasel, rosebay willow herb, juniper, Russian comfrey, nettle-leaved bellflower, field scabious, chamomile,  greater and common knapweed and finally a fine specimen of dark mullein. I made a note to allow some privet to flower in our garden to benefit a range of insects including butterflies, having seen the ‘buzzing’ on a stretch of hedge.

Needless to say, we didn’t make it up to the intended picnic spot – David’s saving that for another occasion. Many thanks go to him for passing on his knowledge and for finding us a nice flint barn to lean against, for our picnic!

Gill Hance

Lapwing and chicks - Burpham 25/6/2019Lapwings and chicks

Chicory - Burpham 25/6/2019


Marbled White - Burpham 25/6/2019
Marbled White
Dark Mullein - Burpham 25/6/2019
Dark Mullein
Bug - Burpham 25/6/2019
Bug or caterpillar?

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