Leader: Mark Spencer
Martin Down Nature Reserve
To see spectacular high summer insects, such as the Dark Green Fritillary and many other Butterflies and day flying moths. N.B. this site has many species of Orchid and much other interesting wildlife!
We will meet in the car park off the A354 Salisbury to Blandford road. Our walk over the site will be fairly flat, though be aware of loose stones on paths. We will walk the Chalk Downland side of the site first, returning to the cars for lunch ( at about 13.00hrs.) then those that wish to continue, will cross the road to the Vernditch side, where the site is mostly a Woodland habitat for the afternoon session, which should end back at the vehicles by about 15.30 to 16.00 Hrs.
Stout Walking Boots (not wellingtons !) a walking stick if required, food and drink if staying for lunch ( water definitely). Camera, binoculars and a good pocket lens if you have one.
N.B. – NO BUTTERFLY NETS ARE ALLOWED ON THIS SITE WITHOUT PERMITS !!