Today’s outing was intended to whittle down the last few finds to enable us to complete the summer challenge and collect all the hidden creatures.
We parked in Sandon itself and headed to the church years to start our walk. It was here that I saw Dark Mullein…
…unmistakable with its yellow flowers and purple hairs on the stamens. It was in semi shade on the edge of the graveyard and the bees were loving it.
After a short walk down part of The Ickneild Way (which luckily was in compete shade), our first cache was in hand.
The hoverflies were certainly enjoying the sun,
Me – less so. It was way too hot!
The day was great though and we found all of the caches we looked for.
Including a few really cool ones – my heart sank when I opened this one but luckily it was found on our second attempt – pure luck! 🍀
This next one was a bit scary,
We also fond some wild hazelnuts (or cobnuts).
And this beautiful banded snail.
Lots of butterflies were ‘on the wing’ today too. Including this Red Admiral,
This large White,
And This Ringlet.
We saw this cool fungus too (yet to be identified)
We also heard an odd screech sound and as we came round the bend it came from a barn owl box. We didn’t disturb them but I felt really privileged to hear the babies waiting for their feed.
My favourite cache of the day came in the shape of my favourite vegetable – broccoli 🥦
Best of all though The Man found his 2,000th cache 🎉
We saw many bees out today (which is great to see).
All in all it was a great day with a few more caches under our belts.