Hitchcopse South Sandpit (aka Cothill Pitt) has been likened to prime habitat found in the Downs or the Chilterns according to recently published details. A map to show the boundaries of the LWS and a site description reveal just what a unique place this really is.
Here's the description in full;
"This site is an old disused sandpit that has developed a range of grassland habitats. There are calcareous and acidic influences in a variable sward which includes open sandy areas. Species present include the nationally scarce matgrass fescue, the red data book listed common cudweed and the notable two coloured mason bee. Small blue butterflies have been recorded here a number of times; possibly the only colony in the area of this NERC Act species of principle importance which is mainly found locally in the Downs and Chilterns. The site is of high importance for bees and wasps and has great potential for other invertebrates. Grassland species include pyramidal orchid, common centaury, kidney vetch, viper’s bugloss, common stork’s-bill, sheep’s sorrel and mouse-ear hawkweed."
Not a rare flower, but certainly an unusual one is broomrape, a parasitic plant pictured here at Cothill Pitt in June.