Birds, Butterflies & Orchids of The Chilterns

Sunday 11th July 2021

Aston Rowant national nature reserve lies on the north western escarpment of the Chiltern Hills, overlooking the Vale of Oxford.

The air is full of the scent of Basil, Thyme and Marjoram and butterflies such as Chalkhill Blue and Marbled White can be seen feeding in the rich wildflower meadows that are grazed by Beulah Sheep and a small herd of feral goats.

Orchids such as Pyramidal, Greater Butterfly, Frog, Bee and Fragrant can be seen on the reserve and also the nationally important Chiltern Gentian. Over 400 pairs of Red Kite now breed in the Chilterns and we expect to see them gliding over the surrounding area in search of food offering fantastic photographic opportunities. Common Buzzard and Kestrel are usually present in the area.

During the afternoon we visit a nearby reserve, where Silver-washed Fritillary and White Admiral butterflies occur plus Greater Butterfly, Bird’s Nest and Bee Orchid and both Narrow-lipped and Broad-leaved Helleborine can be found.


(does not include reserve admission charges)


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