*Graffham Ramble

13/06/2018

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Graffham Regional Ramble – 12th June 2018

A lovely sunny day saw 12 of us scooterists and 5 walkers, including Matt the Ranger for that area,  set off up the South Downs Way towards the Graffham Nature Reserve(s), these are 6 seperate little reserves off the SDW which are wildflower meadows with rare wildlife, wonderful views and archaeological features.  We heard the quite rare tree pipit en route and going through one of the meadows with the fragrance of the wild herbs all around us a fallow deer ran across in front of us, really lovely to see. Yellow rattle, Valerian, Common Spotted Orchid, dark pink and white Pyramidal Orchids, dog roses, pink and white clover, and many other wild flowers were out in abundance with the oregano and other herbs about to come into flower.  One crisis, one of us had a very flat tyre, but with some “gung” and a good shot of air from our electric pump (the wonders of technology – it connects with my Tramper with a cigarette lighter fitting) and we were on our way again. Two “heroes” to the rescue – Ian and Bob. This ramble was all about the reserves and wildflowers that are in the meadows with a few lovely views thrown in for good measure, but on the way back we stopped at Manor Farm for a cream tea and chat about disabled facilities with the farmer as he is hoping to provide a disabled loo and camping facilities among other things in the future and this made a very satisfactory end to a lovely day.  As ever, many thanks to all who came – we do appreciate the effort involved in loading and travelling – and it was really nice to see Rosie & John out again after quite a long absence, and especially to Matt the SDNPA Ranger who accompanied us and gave us such interesting information about the flora and fauna on the way. Val and Bob.

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