Thursday, 13 May 2010


Tuesday was one of those days you wished you had stayed in bed,its orchid counting time at Samphire Hoe, not my favourite task at the best of times, but when the wind is blowing from the north east at 30 mph, it numbs the body as well as the mind.Someone compared the landscape there to Greenland recently well now it has the climate of Siberia as well.The early spider orchids are struggling against the weather too and are also being well nibbled by the burgeoning rabbit population.This one is slightly different to the norm in its colouring.Another creature found here is the bloody nosed beetle which when threatened exudes a red liquid which repels would be beetle eaters,its larvae can also be found at present, they are dark green and segmented and can curl up almost into a ball.

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