Monday July 16th 2012We could see the cloud thinning as we drove up through Dorset and by the time we got to Bulbarrow the rain was down to a minor drizzle. This blew past as we walked along the road to the hillside and in the end we enjoyed a very pleasant walk watching the views gradually unfold in front of us.
The first part of the walk was through some heavily-grazed sheep pasture and we could see the effect that constant grazing and manuring had on the biodiversity of the site. Even though this was south-facing slope there was only a handful of species present, mostly nettle, thistles and a few grasses.
As we got the hillfort we stepped out into a completely different landscape. The banks were a blaze of purple and yellow; the purple from the thyme, self-heal and pyramid orchids and the yellow from birdsfoot trefoil and mouse-ear hawkweed. Here and there were dots of pale blue where the Small Scabious were flowering and patches of pink-white Squinancywort.
Our return walk was even more eventful as hundreds of very hungry sheep were driven into the field we were walking through!
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