Field meeting at Henley Down, Luddesdown

The Field Club was invited to visit Henley Down at Luddesdown Vineyard on the 21st May. Six members met with conservation manager Will Moreno (and got driven around in his ATV) to see what could be found on the chalk grassland and the surrounding organic fields. Butterflies and moths were abundant, including Adonis Blue, Dingy Skipper and Grizzled Skipper, and other nationally scarce or rare invertebrate species were also present. We even managed to add some plant species to their already substantial list. The most unusual discovery of the day was two stridulating males of the Common Green Grasshopper, when all the other Orthoptera on the site were still tiny nymphs!