Gillian and Mike Taylor led a ramble over the down land known as Hackpen Hill an area with interesting chalk land butterflies and moths. Some dozen of us met up at 11.00 am and had a most interesting couple of hours spotting among other things Large Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Forest Moth, Green Hair streak, Wood Tiger, Common Blue and Small Heath. A Stoat hunted the Rabbit burrows but the highlight for me was the Common Lizard that Mike Taylor found, a somewhat unexpected delight that thrilled others including the very knowledgeable Jim Asher who saw a Red Admiral lay an egg on the underside of a nettle and was able to point the tiny egg out to the rest of us. On the way back I noticed a Short-Tailed Vole diving into cover and this finished off a most pleasant time in good company, my thanks go to Gillian and Mike for their time and extensive knowledge given so ably.
The Oxon Feather.