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Flowers and Butterflies Magog Down

On the 22nd of July we went for a short walk on Magog Down. This area of chalk downland is on the south west side of the A 1307 opposite Wandlebury Country Park and the Gog Farm Shop. It was our first visit and the combination of plants and butterflies was absolutely stunning. The slopes of the down lead up to an area of woodland (first photo) that is edged on one side by a steep slope (second photo).

These are the butterflies that we saw:

Essex skipper, Small heath, Brimstone, Large white, Small white, Marbled white, Peacock, Hedge brown, Meadow brown, Comma, Common blue, Red admiral, Small tortoiseshell, Ringlet.

The plants included marjoram (which was humming with bees), mignonette, kidney vetch and clustered bellflower/campanula (which we have spent some time identifying, and disconcertingly it is not on the Magog Trust list of plants so have we made a mistake?).

The photos below show both plants and butterflies (which, as in real life, you will need to look closely to see).

The blue flower below is what we think is clustered bellflower.

Magog Downs is designed for people to enjoy with seats, paths (mown areas, fenced paths and a board walk), parking facilities and a picnic area.

There is also a relatively new scrape to encourage chalk species.

This downland is managed by the Magog Trust, http://www.magogtrust.org.uk/ and the next link is to their map http://www.magogtrust.org.uk/docs/files/Magog_Trust_Map.jpg showing the extent and variety of the area. Note that north is towards the bottom left hand corner of the map.

It is well worth a visit.

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