Posted on August 23, 2022
The river and its banks are still lush and leafy along the Cerne as it flows through the valley to the west of Charlton Down, in stark contrast to the arid fields around it.
Posted on August 18, 2022
The Great Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum) that stands tall on the riverbank of the Cerne as it flows past the village is now crowned with fluffy clouds of seeds bursting out of the long pods that follow the pink flowers.
Posted on August 21, 2021
View looking north along the Cerne Valley from the river as it flows near Charlton Down. The river banks still look lush in comparison with the brown fields around which have recently been harvested or ploughed. The field peas in the adjacent field were noisily being cut and garnered by the machine as I took this picture yesterday, 20th August 2021.
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Posted on June 30, 2021
We are lucky to have access to such a lovely little chalk river only a short walk from the village of Charlton Down. Like every habitat, it can change dramatically in its appearance through the seasons, with the water level rising and falling, and the banks increasingly shrouded with luxuriant vegetation as the weather warms up. This winter saw a big tidy up and cut back for river management reasons, but last year there was a spectacular abundance of white-headed umbelliferous plants including Water Dropwort mixed in with Comfrey. Last year in June the riverbank plants were well established but the Dropwort had not yet reached anything like its full height. This year everything is a bit behind because of the cold Spring and it will be a while for plants to re-establish after the cull. It is a very pleasant walk along the bank at any time, with expansive views of the surrounding slopes and fields. There was a field of poppies in the distance, and young barley close by (field peas are the crop this year) on this particular walk.
Posted on May 20, 2021
Short video clip of the clear water of the River Cerne flowing over Water Crowfoot on the western edge of village in Charlton Down.
Water Crowfoot resembles long green tresses that wave gently in the clear flowing water of the River Cerne at the edge of the Village. I like the sound of the water undulating and burbling over the weed as it passes downstream.