Longstock Water Garden in July

David Beeson The name John Lewis is synonymous with quality department stores in the UK. It has a subsidiary, Waitrose, that is its supermarket chain. However, unlike many similar companies, JL has other sides. It owns arable, dairy, mushroom and apple farms in Hampshire and its vineyards produce quality wines. Yet, there is more: itContinue reading “Longstock Water Garden in July”

Watership Down

Watership Down – a celebration of a Hampshire Downland David Beeson A lark celebrates a new day with its complex territorial song as the world beneath it changes imperceptibly from night to day. Amongst the short grasses of the downland short-tailed voles, with their chestnut-coloured fur, feed on the species-rich vegetation, all the while maintainingContinue reading “Watership Down”

Stockbridge Down

Stockbridge Down in May. David Beeson, with butterflies by John Solomon.  A butterfly walk that is best followed in the early afternoon. North-west Hampshire’s geology is dominated by chalk. Chalk is a soft, white, porous, sedimentary form of calcium carbonate or CaCO3. It forms under reasonably deep marine conditions from the gradual accumulation of theContinue reading “Stockbridge Down”

Snelsmore Common

Snelsmore Common. May – June. David Beeson Lowland heaths are not common habitats. Over 80% of the lowland heathland in the UK has disappeared in just 200 years. The New Forest’s 10,000ha is the most extensive area remaining in Europe. Snelsmore Common, near Newbury in the M4 Corridor, is a small patch of heather-dominated environment.Continue reading “Snelsmore Common”