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Linford and Burbush, Animals and Flowers

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

A lovely morning walk at Linford and a wealth of wildlife today.

We set off through Great Linford Inclosure and almost straight away we find this slow worm

We set off through Great Linford Inclosure and almost straight away we find this slow worm.

Zooming in on the slow worm's head

Zooming in on the slow worm’s head.

Dappled shade on the path through Great Linford Inclosure

Dappled shade on the path through Great Linford Inclosure.

The last of the bluebells

The last of the bluebells.

New fern growth

New fern growth.

Down by the Linford Brook now and there are damsel flies everywhere

Down by the Linford Brook now and there are damsel flies everywhere.

Tadpoles in the brook

Tadpoles in the brook.

Looking across Greenford by the brook

Looking across Greenford by the brook.

A foal sleeps peacefully in the morning sun

A foal sleeps peacefully in the morning sun.

On the way back to the car I find this young adder in the middle of the path

On the way back to the car I find this young adder in the middle of the path.

Zooming in on the adder's head

Zooming in on the adder’s head – from more of a distance than the slow worm!

An afternoon walk from Burbush car park to Turf Hill and back.

The way ahead from the car park at Burbush

The way ahead from the car park at Burbush. The area next to this is rather fetchingly called Slap Bottom.

Looking across Shappen Bottom towards Shappen Hill

Looking across Shappen Bottom towards Shappen Hill.

The lower end of Shappen Bottom is usually very wet as the warnings attest

The lower end of Shappen Bottom is usually very wet as the warnings attest – although the months of dry weather allow us to cross dry shod with ease.

Cirrus cloud spreading out for miles from the top of Turf Hill

Cirrus cloud spreading out for miles from the top of Turf Hill.

New Forest Pony mare and foal

New Forest Pony mare and foal. This foal is learning multi-tasking early, having a drink and getting rid of flies using tail and leg at the same time.

The 18:19 Ryan Air flight passes over

The 18:19 Ryan Air flight passes over.

An absolutely huge slug on the path, I've never seen a two tone slug before. It puts me in mind of the two tone Capris we used to see in the late 70s

An absolutely huge slug on the path, I’ve never seen a two tone slug before. It puts me in mind of the two tone Capris we used to see in the late 70s.

We follow the old railway line, now inhabited by cyclists and forest animals

Heading back to the car park we follow the old railway line, now inhabited by cyclists and forest animals. The railway extended the London line to Southampton on towards Brockenhurst, Poole and beyond, but was closed by Dr Beeching. Read more about it at the New Forest Explorers Guide

Periwinkle

Periwinkle.

A VERY pink Hawthorn

A VERY pink Hawthorn.

Dog Rose

Dog Rose.


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