Older than Stonehenge
To join our next Field Trip to the magnificent Iron Age hill fort Hambledon Hill, meet at the Nadder Centre car park on Weaveland Road (not Nadder Close on The Avenue) at 10.30am this Thursday, 29 July.
Even before the ramparts were built there was a settlement here, but rather than archaeology we're going in search of the wild flowers and other wildlife that's here in profusion. As the National Trust (which owns the Hill) says, there are 'an impressive 28 species of butterfly including the Adonis blue, dark green fritillary and green hairstreak ... Bird watchers can also spot skylarks, buzzards, kestrels, meadow pipits, blackcaps, white-throats, chiff chaffs and willow warblers.'
As you'll have been noticing along the roadside verges, this is high season also for wild flowers including, maybe, some orchids.
It sounds like a veritable feast for the senses.
For full joining details, go to the Field Trips page.
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