On the way back from the shops, I was happy to see that East Sussex council had managed the mowing of local grass verges so that the wild flowers including orchids could flower.
|Fox, visited in the afternoon on the 11th of June.|
The day was dry but rather overcast. I decided to head out to Sussex Wildlife Trust's Old Lodge Nature Reserve on Ashdown Forest. Even before I left the Uckfield bypass, I saw young rabbits feeding at the side of the road. Once I got to the reserve, I decided to concentrate on details because the light was too dull for landscape shots.
|Lichen on birch trunk.|
|Buff-tailed bumble bee on foxgloves.|
|Heath sedge, just a few inches high.|
|Damselfly - Common blue, I think.|
|Brown china mark moth.|
|Three huge, ancient beeches.|
|Tormentil, heath bedstraw and bell heather.|
Our own garden
After being out on the forest, our own garden seems so much more confined but is full of colour and interest. After lunch, I grazed my way through our alpine strawberries. Then I watched some bees feeding from our own foxgloves and borage. The borage had at least three different sorts of bee. White-tailed and early bumbles as well as a leaf cutter.
|Patchwork leafcutter bee.|