Field Reports

Monday 14 June 2021             Slindon             Leaders:  David Hart and Jum Bagley

A beautiful summers day welcomed 18 people to this walk set up by David Hart . We split into 2 groups and meandered slowly by the hedge rows of Puck Lane vicinity and then into Nore Wood, eventually finishing up at the Folly for our picnic. This large area is owned by the National Trust and includes 3 farms.

The following wild flowers were seen :

Perforate St. Johns Wort, Bugle, Profusions of Ox-eyed daisies intermingled with poppies in the surrounding fields, Birds Foot Trefoil, Black Medick, Silverleaf, Buttercup, Speedwell, Knapweed, Hogweed, White Bryony, Black Bryony, Wild Carrot, Mallow, \Woundwort, Nipplewort, Figwort,
Dog (wild) rose, Yellow Loosestrife, Twayblade orchid, Spotted Orchid, Early Purple Orchid, White Helleborine, Foxglove, Old man’s beard (Traveller’s joy), Nettle -leaved bellflower, Sanicle, Smooth Hawksbeard, Prickly sow thistle, Herb Robert, Broad-leaved Willowherb, Cuckoo-pint, Valerian, Daphne, Woody nightshade, Red campion, White campion, Common vetch, Wood spurge, Broomrape


Birds were difficult to spot due to the trees now being in full leaf and the fact that many are now sitting on eggs. However Buzzard and Goldfinch were definitely seen and the following were heard:

Blackcap, Marsh Tit, Chiffchaff, Song thrush, Nuthatch, Green Woodpecker, Stock Dove, Chaffinch

Several butterflies were enjoying the warm sun including :

Red Admiral, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Meadow Brown

We had a picnic at the Folly , looking out over the Sussex countryside . We checked out the ‘dedicated barn for bats’ which was very interesting. The National Trust try very hard. Our thanks to David for setting up the walk and leading one group. The scribe for David’s group was Mavis Hobbs , who showed me her notes of plants seen and which I have recorded also in above lists.
My group was led by the youthful Jim Bagley.
Plenty of good fellowship and wonderful to be allowed to socialise with people of similar interests.

Peter Lee

Poppies and Daisies

Picnic time


Slindon Woods


Puck Lane



Chichester, West Sussex

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