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The daffodils of Lesnes Abbey Wood are reputed to be one of the best shows of truly wild daffodils in the south of England. Eight members of the Group visited the woods and Lesnes Abbey - the remains of a 12th century Augustinian abbey - on 25th March 2007. As well as the daffodils and the abbey ruins, we spent some time at the beach - high up on the gravel capped hills is an exposure of sand which contains fossils from the Eocene epoch of about 54.5 million years ago. Disbelieving at first, members of the group were as excited as children as they began to find shark's teeth and fossil shells. We also looked at other plants in flower in late March - notably Wood Anemone and - on the grassland - Cowslips.

Lesnes Abbey   Lesnes Abbey - 25th March 2007                                    (photo by PG)

Lesnes Abbey   The nave of Lesnes Abbey
Lesnes Abbey Wood  The Group walking at Lesnes Abbey Woods  (photo by PG)
Lesnes Abbey Wood   Lesnes Abbey
Lesnes Abbey Wood   Wild daffodils
Lesnes Abbey Wood   Searching for fossils              (photo by PG)
Lesnes Abbey Wood   Fossil shark's tooth found by an EFOG member   (photo by PG)
Lesnes Abbey Wood  Cowslips
Lesnes Abbey Wood  A bank of daffodils
Lesnes Abbey Wood  Wood Anemones
Lesnes Abbey Wood  Daffodils, Wood Anemones and Wild Arum


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