There were plenty of Common Spotted Orchids along the route.
And I had some good views of a flock of delightful Goldfinches feeding on the seeds of Slender Thistles.
The clifftop above Branscombe was superb for wild flowers and there was an especially nice display of Viper's Bugloss - Echium vulgare ...
... which is always very popular with bees.
This plant was growing in an unusual shape spreading instead of the usual tall spike.
I think it looks even more attractive in this form.
Wild Clary - Salvia verbenaca
The previous morning I made the short trip to an Exeter retail park to see a very fine display of Bee Orchids. Some of the nicest specimens of this species I've ever seen, really tall and colourful. They were surprisingly difficult to spot in the long grass considering how brightly coloured they are. There were hundreds of plants, I counted one hundred in just one small area. If only more verges and embankments were left to go wild like this one. There were lots of other wildflowers but I' didn't have time to have a really good look.
There are at least fifteen plants in this photo, not that easy to see as they blend into the grasses
Huge plants and very brightly coloured to boot!
Common Centaury - Centaurium erythraea
Common Field Poppy - Papaver rhoeas