Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Munching For conservation

The National Trust White Cliffs Visitor Centre was opened in May 1999 and it contains a range of exhibits emphasising the importance of the area. There is also a cafe, serving refreshments and light lunches and a National Trust shop.
Today I walked along the cliff path for a short distance, not a great time for the wildlife in the area but still stunning views and some fresh air.

A new notice had appeared, and after the bit about South Foreland Valley it is interesting to see that the trust in managing the grassland at this end of the White Cliffs stretch using grazing animals.

In this case it is three ponies, and there a lot of grass for them to control. The idea of course is to keep the grass short to allow some of the chalk grassland plants room to flourish.

So hopefully in the future we'll be seeing colonies of Orchids flourishing up here. There are already some Fragrant Orchids in the area (I took this along the road in 2007)

And this Pyramidal Orchid on the same bank.

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