Cooling Marshes, Kent, 7th December 2014

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Photoblog: Secret South London

Not a lot of people know about Hutchinson's Bank, well that's the impression I get whenever I'm there. It is, in a way, a blessing, as it is home to a number of rare, fragile species of flora and fauna, surviving cautiously on the nutrient poor soils of this fragment of chalk valley. But equally, these are just the kind of places Londoners should know about.

Strange though that this isn't really London at all, it isn't even 2013 (if you ignore the rumblings of the planes overhead and the breakers yard visible between the trees from the top slopes) It's a wild place, a dot on a map where the only wavy lines are contours, not roads. It used to be an ocean and in some ways, it still is.

Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages
Brown Argus (Aricia agestis), above on Birds-foot trefoil
Sainfoin (Onobrychis viclifolia)
Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus)
Greater Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus angustifolius) not in flower
Common we remember you

Photos: Friday June 7th 2013

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