FINDON VILLAGE — these Chronicles are created by Valerie Martin and contain
scenes from her
home village of Findon, West Sussex, U.K.
Everyday tales about real people...... in fact, a potted history of the village.
ROUND-HEADED RAMPION OF CISSBURY RING
Copyright Valerie Martin 2004
In July 2004 I was delighted to hear from my late friend, Sid in Findon Valley. We often met up on Cissbury Ring..... and occasionally on Thursdays in Sainsbury's supermarket. (Sid died on 19th December 2006).
16th July 2004
Round Headed Rampion
Sidney Oakes, Findon Valley, West Sussex.
What a wonderful little find. I think this is a perennial of the chalky Findon Downs so hopefully we will see lots more of it in the years to come between June and August when it flowers. The local name for this is Pride of Sussex (or should I say "Findon").
Our chalky Downs were once quite famed for these blue flowers and before the Second World War it was very abundant. Since then the Downs have been ploughed and the soil treated with fertilser. Also there are fewer flocks kept on the hillside and the lack of grazing has meant that more scrub and coarse grass has encroached and wiped out many of our natural flowers. When the land was grazed, the Round-Headed Rampion just grew a little shorter..... the munching didn't seem to affect it flowering!
18th July 2004
Pride of Sussesx
Mike Cooksey, Bristol.
The following day I set off armed with camera to see these delightful flowers for myself...... (guided by Sid who had thoughtfully tied a red ribbon to a nearby bush to guide me). Thunder was rumbling overhead but the expedition was successful and no one got wet. This is the result for you all to see.
Katie says "Oooh, you are clever".
In the palm of my hand.... (the paler blue flowers are scabious).
Peter Archbold (all the way from New Zealand says "How nice that it has been seen "on your patch".
Within a few feet were four Burnet Moths on a thistle, accompanied by a Meadow Brown Butterfly.
I scoured the area the following afternoon...... and found another tiny clutch of the precious blue flowers!
So I guess there must be more hidden behind bushes and crevices on the Ring.
Update for the summer of 2006. Some photographs of my latest finds at the Lychpole dew-pond area...
A family group of Round Headed Rampion caught on camera.
Continue if you would like to read about The Cissbury Adders.
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