Location: Devil’s Dyke, Cambridgeshire
A 7.5 mile long Anglo-Saxon earthwork consisting of a bank and ditch built out of clay and chalk near Newmarket. The Dyke is notable for its wildflowers - including several species of orchid and butterflies. This outing involves a fairly long walk
(c 1mile each way) with some steps.
Meeting: Car Park is accessed via the slip road off the Racehorse Statue Roundabout (junction of the A1303 and A1304) leading to the July course. Continue on the lane to its end where there is a grass car park.
Address: Newmarket July Race course, Suffolk, CB8 0XE
Leader: Ann Miles (email@example.com) 07710383586
Main subjects of interest: Chalk loving flowers such as Greater Knapweed, Sainfoin, Harebells and Carline Thistle. Orchids including Lizard, Pyramidal and Bee, plus seed heads of the Pasque Flower. Butterflies include Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, White-letter Hairstreak and Brown Argus. Chalkhill Blue on this site later in the year.
Items to bring: Stout shoes and waterproofs. No refreshments available on site so packed lunch and drinks will be required. The area is very exposed so sun protection may be required if weather is hot.