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Geology Walk to the Devil’s Quoits – The Strange Tale of Two Pebbles

John B writes:

December 17 2020, a gloriously sunny morning, saw a group of six of us, including Lesley Dunlop our excellent Geology specialist who had provided us with her customary helpful background notes, take a somewhat muddy walk around Dix Pit to examine the Devil’s Quoits, an impressive ceremonial circle of Bronze Age standing stones.  

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Parsonage Moor

Parsonage Moor near Cothill is the largest example of alkaline fen in central England. On two socially-distanced visits in early August 2020 twelve members visited the site. The main attraction was the flowering Grass of Parnassus but there was also a variety of insects including Long Winged Coneheads (a species of Bush Cricket) and Lesser Marsh grasshoppers, as well as several dragonflies. Several Common Lizards were basking on the boardwalks.

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Broadwell Airfield June 2020.

Sixteen members visited Broadwell Airfield, a very good botanical site, on 17 and 19 June for the first three of our ‘socially distanced’ walks. There is a full report in the newsletter. As well as innumerable Pyramidal Orchids there were a number of other notable things, especially several ‘tents’ of Small Eggar moth caterpillars, lots of Whitethroats singing and picking-off the caterpillars, a large clump of Dyer’s Greenweed and several examples of Grass Vetch. Overall a total of 114 plant species were recorded.