Slow worms steal the show at Chalk Pits open morning

Rangers from the Queen Elizabeth Country Park enthralled local families with insights into a wide range of plants, butterflies and creep-crawlies in the Nature Reserve.

There were scores of orchids growing in the small quarry bowl and local ranger Joe Williams was able to identify many other chalk-loving plants for all the visitors.

Joe, and colleague Steve Peach (Head Ranger at QECP), had also brought butterfly nets with them and everyone enjoyed catching a range of species and identifying them.

But the two gorgeous slow worms stole the show and, like all the other specimens, were released back into the wild at the end of the morning.

Joe is now writing a regular column in the Buriton Parish Magazine – look out for his updates about the Chalk Pits there. And don’t miss his talk in the village in October …