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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wed 21 June 2017 - Arreton Down SSSI. GG # 690.

A small select group of us gathered at the parking area adjacent to Arreton Down and armed ourselves with ragforks and black sacks and then sallied forth onto the downs to search for ragwort.  Sunhats, sun blocker and long sleeves were the accessories of the day as the temperature was expected to soar – and it did; it was a beautiful day with a breeze to make it all bearable.  There were many species of butterfly in evidence and a wide variety of wild flowers in bloom.  The ragwort was spread sparsely over the downs, but a fair quantity had been pulled by the end of the session.

Just had a look at our visit to Arreton Down 22/6/16 (see link Wed 22nd Jun 2016 - Arreton Down SSSI. GG # 640. ) – the weather couldn’t have been more different – we were wearing coats and coping with misty rain and poor visibility – today it was scorchio!

Many thanks to Alison for the editorial and photographs this week.

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