Spring Walks on Bepton Down

Bepton Down in the very early spring.
Bepton Down in the very early spring. Just about to burst into life.

Bepton Down in June is a delight.

The beautiful Early Purple Orchid
The beautiful Early Purple Orchid
Eyebright Flower Bepton Down
Eyebright Flower

See carpets of Common Spotted orchids with their different colourations.  If you are lucky you might find an Early Purple orchid still in flower.  These are becoming an increasingly rare sight.   A few patches of Greater Butterfly orchids (this one is listed as Near Threatened)  should be on show.  The first showings of the Pyramidal orchid is a promise of further show stopping carpets of flowers to come.   Also a very few and now quite rare White Helleborines are in flower at this time of year and these can be seen near the solitary beech tree.  Please try not to trample any orchid underfoot.

Walks at this time of year occur during the nesting season  so we recommend that visitors to Bepton Down keep their dogs on short leads   so as to keep any disturbance to ground nesting birds to a minimum.   Remember this is Access Land as well as a SSSI and we are lucky to be able to avail ourselves of this privilege but we need to respect the conditions which go with accessibility.

 

 

 

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