Thursday, 10 July 2014

Berry Camp Branscombe

I've been out and about locally quite a lot in the last week but just haven't found the time to blog. I've got quite a backlog again! On Saturday I took a walk along the cliff-tops to the west of Branscombe around the Berry Camp area. This is an area of chalk grassland with the remains of either an Iron Age hill fort or possibly Roman camp. Unfortunately for the flora the whole area is quite extensively grazed by cattle but there are some nice plants to be found on the steeper more inaccessible areas and on the cliff edge.


View from Berry Camp to the west, Sidmouth in the distance.


Weld - Reseda luteola



Black Horehound - Ballota nigra



Wood Sage - Teucrium scorodonia

Lady's Bedstraw - Galium verum


Common Spotted Orchid - Dactylorhiza fuchsii with Female Thick-legged Flower Beetle - Oedemera nobilis


Common Spotted Orchid


Heath Groundsel - Senecio sylvaticus



Pasture above Littlecombe Shute, too steep for most of the cows.


Steeper parts had lots of flowers.


Bird's Foot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus
Showing here why it's often known as 'Bacon and Eggs'



Eyebright - Euphrasia sp.
Due to the purplish,crowded, fleshy leaves and habitat I'd have a guess at Euphrasia tetraquetra



 Small ScabiousScabiosa columbaria
 

   Common Restharrow - Ononis repens




Common RockroseHelianthemum nummularium



Hoary PlantainPlantago media



Pyramidal Orchid - Anacamptis pyramidalis


There weren't many birds about apart from lots of Rooks, Herring Gulls and a few Ravens. A small flock of Goldfinches feeding on Musk Thistles were a charming sight though.






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