Castle Hill Nature Reserve

There is a very interesting Nature Reserve almost on our doorstep.

At least five orchids can be found on the reserve including a large collection of the Early Spider Orchid – a European orchid that is only found in a few places in the South of England. This particular orchid is in flower now – and may be at its peak over the next few days. (They have now finished – but it looks as if there will be many more orchids during June).

The wild flowers are prolific at certain times of the year – well worth taking a wild flower book along to help identify some of them.

Later in the year it might be possible to see the wart biter cricket.

Click on the link to find out more. (What was English Nature is now Natural England).

There is also a new archaeological dig within the reserve of a farm house built in 1831 with interesting local connections.

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If you are interested in exploring the reserve – or just walking across the Downs with others – why not get in touch. We could easily arrange an evening walk this time of year if anyone is would like to do this.

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