Today we had another Indian Summer day and I went down to Sussex to take Mum out. There were various places to go, but Mum chose Wakehurst Place - somewhere she's been wanting to go for a while. Whilst Wakehurst is owned by the National Trust it is managed by, and maintained for, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew - Wakehurst being Kew's country cousin.
We spent a time just walking about the gardens looking at some of the beautiful views. It's quite hilly in places so, having a wheelchair to manage, some areas were off limits for us. One of these being the Loder Valley Nature Reserve. Wakehurst limits its visitor numbers to 50 per day in order to lessen the impact on wildlife. Getting down to the valley would be prohibitive for a wheelchair however.
Had a pleasant lunch and wandered a bit more in the afternoon. We came across butterflies and bees who were enjoying the plants still, in the walled garden.
Later on, having come to a viewpoint looking down into a valley, we noticed some Pheasants. Then I realised (when a group of people had left) that there were several smaller birds about: very many Chaffinches, blue, great and coal tits and a robin singing high up in a tree. Also saw either a marsh or willow tit - couldn't identify it from the fleeting glance I had.
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