The countryside is always changing. Not only with the natural seasonal variations but also with the cyclical nature of arable farming. In late October on Charlton Down when the trees and hedges were fast losing their leaves, some fields still bore rows of stubble from a late harvest of crops while others were vibrant green with new growth from an early autumn sowing of cereals.

8 Replies to “Arable Fields in Autumn”

  1. Thank you, Emma. I delight in the way the fields form a patchwork of colours and shapes over a frame of undulating hills and valleys. The feeling that I experience when I look at these fields is like myself as a child tucked-up in bed and looking across the surface on old-fashioned eiderdown to an imaginary world of down-filled hills and stitched valleys.

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  2. Hi Jessica – I’ve only just recently found your lovely blog as I was looking to identify a shell I found on Studland beach (a Turban Top Shell!) and one of your photos popped up of them which led me to your blog. I’ve enjoyed looking at your lovely photos and reading some of your posts of local places. I’m in Dorchester so not far away from you really. I love the beautiful countryside, villages and coast we have in Dorset and I love beachcombing especially – when I get the chance. Knoll beach at Studland is my favourite but I also like the Hive beach at Burton Bradstock. Not many shells but it’s just a nice place. I haven’t looked on Weymouth beach much for shells, but it seems like you’ve found a lot down there!


  3. Hello, Lucy. Nice to hear from you. I am glad you found what you were looking for on my blog. We are very fortunate to live in Dorset. It has so much to offer to anyone interested in natural history.
    I was at Knoll beach only yesterday, a lovely afternoon, very still and quiet with the tide receding to leave a pristine beach with just a few scattered shells, bunches of red seaweed, and fresh worm casts.
    Burton Bradstock has few shells but two great assets – the cliffs (spectacular but dangerous and subject to rock falls) and the Hive Beach Café although it is a long time since I visited. My most interesting finds on the shore near there have been the growth of beautiful Sea Kale with its wonderful purple velvety leaves on the shingle in spring; and large pieces of ancient peat containing fragile cockle shells thousands of years old brought up by stormy seas from beneath the pebbles. Yes, Dorset and its Jurassic Coast are great places.


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