Location: Great Farthingloe Farm
Date: 25th May 2022
Blog written by: Gini
It started off as a morning of bright sunshine, but then the clouds came...so wasn't too hot for our group. On arrival we immediately were serenaded by the Skylark.
Our new walks leader @my_jones_life guided us along what was becoming an overgrown section of the farm. It raised discussions around nature's ability to encroach onto roads and tracks. We looked at the succulents which grew and formed a substrate for self seeded wildflowers to eventually take hold. And the magnificent Hedgerows were awash with whites and pinks of Hawthorn flowers.
Amongst the field maple, viburnum, and hawthorn, was an understory of native plants which thrives on chalk grasslands.
And the meadowland also was rich with an array of native species such as flax, and hedge bedstraw.
Closer to the North Downs Way we discovered beetles which curl up like Armadillos.
We connected to the military history of Dover..as reminders of the 2 world wars adorn the landscape.
And in the distance out across the Channel, we.can see the busy shipping lane with ferries, connecting us to France.
Our participants had quite an appetite after the walk and we headed across the road to Little Farthingloe Farm for a bite to eat.
Next month (June) we will be back to witness the change in landscape and abundance of butterflies. As the seasons change with the cycle of nature.
📸 image credits: @mobility_in_the_wild