Field meeting at Kingsdown Farm near Lynsted

On 9th July, fifteen of us took the opportunity to explore Kingsdown Farm, run by regenerative farmer, Neil Anderson. A wide range of plants and insects kept us pleasantly occupied, with highlights including good numbers of the very scarce Large Garden Bumblebee Bombus ruderatus and of the rare cornfield plant, Field Woundwort Stachys arvensis. Because Kingsdown Farm is mixed, with cattle grazing a number of fields, we also spent some time rooting around for dung beetles, an underappreciated and under-recorded group.