Autumn has well and truly
arrived on Greenstead Slopes.
While the trees display oranges and reds
there are many other colours
to be found if you look down.
There’s still plenty of wildlife around
including a few butterflies, ladybirds
and shield bugs.
It’s the first of August and the slopes are positively buzzing with a million,
no a BILLION, grasshoppers!
The wildlife currently in the woods and on the slopes is amazing.
In just one hour I saw dozens of different types of butterflies
along with a variety of bees.
This is what a ‘proper’ meadow should look like – tall grasses full of thistles,
clover and a vast array of plants I don’t happen to know the names of,
along with mowed areas for people to enjoy the open spaces
with a picnic or simply sunbathing on a summer’s day.
We’re extremely lucky to have such a wonderful area right on our doorsteps
to enjoy whenever we want to.
Long may it continue to be as fabulous as it is right now…
It’s July, and what a fabulous time of year to take an early evening stroll around
Greenstead Slopes and Ghost Wood.
This evening the tall grass was almost deafening with the sound of
grasshoppers and crickets,
while the birds in nearby trees were busy singing away.
An abundance of hedgerow butterflies were just about everywhere.
Big ones, small ones and every size in between.
Without all of the litter, and with the dog poop minimal,
this really is a very pleasant place to spend a warm summer evening nowadays.