Badbury Rings

Badbury Rings.

A superb example of an Iron Age hillfort and a scheduled ancient monument Badbury Rings has survived as chalk downland largely unchanged for the past 2500 years.

In early August the sun-drenched banks are a haven for insects with shelter to be found between the 3 rings (ramparts) on even the most windy days.

Chalkhill Blue basking in the warmth of the sun.

With the brown females keeping low down several bright blue males patrolled the ramparts looking for opportunities to mate.

Carline Thistle, a rich nectar source.

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