Rake Field

Rake Field

July is a great month for flowers across the site. In Rake Field, a  meadow to the north of Butser Hill, there are so many that it is difficult to stray off the path. The Broomrape is doing well this year. This field has been managed by  cutting a late hay crop or by sheep grazing, early and late in the year. This reduces the competitive coarse grasses and allows the more delicate plants to flower. 

Broomrape in Rake Field

Broomrape in Rake Field

 On the top of Butser the Frog orchids and Round-headed rampion are now out. Again the grazing regime allows the flowers time, with the sheep arriving in late summer. 

Common spotted orchids on Butser

Common spotted orchids on Butser

   And just off the road verge the entrance to the main car park we have Bee and Pyramidal orchids. This area will be left for another couple of weeks before mowing.

Bee orchid

Bee orchid

 

All the amenity areas are cut on a regular basis by the Park’s rangers. However the margins of the many car parks and picnic areas are left longer to promote diversity. Look out for the tall yellow flower spikes from the Mullein, and the blue ones from the Viper’s bugloss.

Viper's bugloss
Viper’s bugloss

Our next guided walk is looking at the yew trees on Butser Hill. This will last for two hours starting at 1.00pm on Saturday the 30th July. Meet at the visitor centre. Pre-booking is essential. 

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