NATURE PUTTING ON A SPECTACULAR DISPLAY
couple of eagle-eyed spotters noticed some other interesting species. On one of the sloping chalk banks a huge Roman snail was hunkered down and, when removed for close inspection, she revealed that she was guarding a small burrow inside which were a handful of pearl-like eggs.
The dutiful parent was replaced straight away and we felt privileged to have had a glimpse into the private world of this fascinating mollusc.
A Roman snail – introduced by the Romans, these are the largest of the British snails The wild flowers attract an array of butterflies, such as this chalkhill blue
Thousands of chalk fragrant-orchids cover the chalk grassland at Aston Clinton Ragpits