Category Natural history group walks

Picture of Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii)

Return to Pixton

Every year we manage to make at least one visit to Pixton Meadow in the village, not least because it is such a delightful and popular spot. As we have noted before, meadows have seriously declined over the last 70 years so it is great to see even this example of what in the past […]

Picture of Orchesella villosa

Creatures of the soil

A couple of weeks ago two of us visited Minepits wood at Tablehurst for a natural history group meeting devoted to the animals of leaf litter and the soil. Though we’ve been recording species at the farm for the past couple of years, almost all of the creatures that have been observed have been above […]

Picture of Annual Meadow-grass (Poa annua)

New Year Plant Hunt

This New Year was the sixth time the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland organised a plant hunt. Its objective is to record any (non-planted) species in flower around and just after 1 January. This has proved to be considerably interesting since it has provided a stark indication that many more plants are flowering in […]

Picture of Shore Crab (Carcinus maenas)

Rocky II

After our last rockpooling adventure, there was definitely some keenness to do it again. However, the main challenge at this time of year is finding a date; you need a good low tide (ie a spring, rather than a neap, tide) which falls within daylight hours, ideally not at dawn, and preferably at the weekend. […]

Picture of Pixton Meadow

Pixton Meadow

The main focus of today’s walk was the lovely meadow at Pixton, just north of Emerson college. It is looking great at the moment, so it was an ideal opportunity to focus on a particular habitat that is only 30 minutes’ walk from the centre of the village. Though there were plenty of other things […]

Picture of group of people

Dawn chorus walk

Mercifully, the weather didn’t turn out to be as bad as the forecast suggested when we gathered at 5.30am for a (slightly late(ish)) dawn chorus walk on International Dawn Chorus Day. It was still a bit drizzly, but that soon eased off and we ended up having a fascinating walk along the Forest Way led […]

Picture of the pond near Hartfield

The importance of looking

  Back in March a small group of us cycled along the Forest Way to look at the pond near Hartfield (TQ47163599). It was rather cold and not the most species-rich outing we have had. However, with such meagre pickings we ended up looking very closely at small things growing on the willows. In addition […]