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National Insect Week returns in 2020

Walk at Stratford Tony Down & Throope Down

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 11:00 to 15:00

Join the Wiltshire and Dorset Branches on this survey of chalk grassland at Stratford Tony Down and Throope Down in south Wiltshire.

A guided walk to enjoy the butterflies, flowers and other wildlife of these two impressive areas of chalk grassland in south Wiltshire, also covering species identification and downland ecology.

Meet at New Farm Barn, map reference SU 093 240 at 10.45 am for an 11.00 am start. If travelling from Dorset, 600 yards after sign on the left to Throope, it is accessed by an unmarked track, on the left just before the pylon line. If coming from Salisbury direction on the A354 south of Coombe Bissett,after the right-hand bend at the top of the hill, take the unmarked track on the right-hand side just after the pylon line. Push the button to open the gate.

Bring packed lunch if you intend staying for the afternoon visit to Throope Down.

Did you know?

Chan's megastick

The longest recorded insect is Chan's megastick, a stick insect species from Borneo which can be up to 56.6cm long.

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