Thursday, 2 September 2010

Turville, Watlington and Ibstone

Summer weather returned as August turned to September; I decided to link my recent walk from Hambleden to Turville with a previous walk along the Great Ridgeway. Here is a map of the 11 mile route:

View Turville - Watlington in a larger map

It was a warm and sunny day with a light breeze. Very much the feeling of transition, fungi were out in some numbers betokening the onset of autumn and yet trees still in summer green. Turville is the setting for the Vicar of Dibley and other rural village scenes on TV and attracts a fair number of tourists.

There were fewer butterflies than on the last walk at Streatley, this Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) was sunning itself.

speckled wood butterfly

Quite a good range of fungi were putting forth their fruiting bodies, perhaps teased out by the cool, wet weather in August. This may be Lactarus rufus.

Lactarus rufus,fungi

The views over the Chilterns is a delightful mix of woods and fields.

Rurville View

I am still not good with umbellifer family of plants, could this be wild parsnip?

wild parsnip

More spectacular was this round, flat toadstool.


The only other co-operative butterfly was a Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)

Brimstone butterfly

Not all that many plants still in flower, but this ragwort was putting on a good show.


Ibstone is a ribbon development along the road with no clear centre and no buildings of merit, disappointing compared to Turville. Ibstone Common has a solitary Sarcen stone looking rather odd for this location.


A few birds were seen, I think this is a warbler of some description, not the best of pictures.


Watlington Hill is an excellent view point, you can see the Chilterns curve away far to the south west and look north deep into the Midlands. This view is towards the village of Watlington .

Watlington view

And to end, a Great Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) with its spike of yellow flowers.

great mullein,verbascum thapsus