14 June 2012
There is a lushness to the plant life here that wasn’t present last time I came. It is enriched when the sun shines. The glaucous marram grass and sea buckthorn mingle with greener greens of bramble, elder and rose.
There are flowers: white with lime green (which I haven’t identified) and dancing heads of lemon yellow (perennial wall-rocket). Look closely and there are tiny pink flowers (again, my identification falls short and though I find something in my wild flower key that looks almost right I’m not sure) and bright yellow birds foot trefoil. Look even closer and there are caterpillars; not just the brown tailed moth larvae that are so abundant here but others with spectacular hairs. A lady bird larvae hides on a leaf, an adult crosses a blade of grass a bit further along. A beetle swims in the almost liquid sand on the steep path through the dunes to the beach; some kind of woodlouse struggles too, one I’ve never seen before.
(written on 9th June, when the sun shone between rain showers)