This week has been a great opportunity to appreciate the sunshine and the beauties of nature. Before arriving at Charney Manor in Oxfordshire for the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) board meeting on Wednesday I had the luxury of walking through a butterfly-rich meadow to reach the White Horse. The White Horse near Uffington is a highly stylized prehistoric hill figure, 110 m long, formed from deep trenches filled with crushed white chalk. Crowning White Horse Hill is an Iron Age hillfort known as Uffington Castle. A simple design of one rampart and ditch, the castle at 860 feet (262m) above sea level forms the highest point in Oxfordshire. I enjoyed standing at the trig point looking across views over six counties.
The short walk from the shade of the carpark, across the meadow to the horse and castle, gave me the pleasure of the sun on my back as I photographed the butterflies and moths. It’s been a great learning curve today identifying them using my new book “A Complete Guide to British Butterflies” by Margaret Brooks and Charles Knight. Photos to follow!