It was a lovely day today, not too windy and nice and sunny. Perfect day for butterflies and wildflowers.
I took Mojo (my whippet) to a local meadow known as ‘Ditches Field’ – it’s an important archaeological site with an (Iron Age Hill Fort and an early Roman villa – a book about the excavations has been published.
The landowner has turned it over to the wildflowers, butterflies and skylarks and has spared the plough but he kindly allows locals to walk their dogs there, so I get to see it all through the seasons.
I think he sowed some wildflower seeds a few years ago and they are starting to come into their own with the Yellow Rattle helping to keep the grasses down, giving the other flowers a chance. Nothing rare like orchids or anything I suspect, but wildflower meadows are rare enough these days.
I also saw a lot of Common Blue butterflies, blimey – they’re almost as tricky to photograph as Swifts! I managed eventually though 🙂