Alongside the river between Harridge Woods East and West is a steep back at the side of a pasture field. This used to have some of the best local displays of early wildflowers, although it was tending to scrub over as the cattle did not graze it.
Unfortunately it was cleared and sprayed with broad-leaf herbicide about a decade ago and has never really recovered.
I did manage to find some Common Spotted Orchids there today amongst the brambles and thistles that are now taking over.
Common Spotted Orchid on bank of pasture field
Common Spotted Orchid growing amongst the Brambles
The pyramidal flower spike of Common Spotted Orchid
Many of the fields towards Benter are Blazes of Yellow, as sheets of Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris) come into flower. This can been seen in both the “improved” (fertilised) and unimproved (natural) pastures.