Field meeting reports

Meeting date: 19 June 2002


The sort of timeless summer evening celebrated in monochrome by British films of the 1940s and 50s: two fields tall with grasses and cloistered by ancient hedgerows lost somewhere in the Ebernoe woodlands….  Well, not lost exactly, as the SWT had just found and acquired them, and this meeting was part of an initial survey. The fields had been cultivated but they were returning to semi-natural grassland and on their damp clay base were already supporting good stands of  Lychnis flos-cuculli (Ragged Robin) and Hypericum tetrapterum (Square-stalked St.John’s-wort). There were spikes of Dactylorhiza fuchsii (Common Spotted-orchid), many different grasses – one, Trisetum flavescens (Yellow Oat-grass), not altogether expected. Frances reports that this is a good place to hear nightingales in due season: we, of course, were rather late, but as we were leaving I may have imagined a Spitfire low overhead and Kenneth More saluting from the cockpit