What to look out for in August

This is a very strange time in world history and as we cautiously start to emerge from our homes, the importance of experiencing nature for our health and wellbeing is ever apparent. With all the sunshine we’ve been seeing, tere’s no better place to head this August than the Sussex coast. With miles of diverse coastline you can experience everything from sand castle making to rock pooling. So go in search of goby fish, shrimps, crabs, sea anemones, snails and shellfish and celebrate Marine Week

Alternatively head out to secluded spots on the South Downs and keep your ears peeled for the sound of crickets and your eyes peeled for butterflies on the wing. Now that the breeding season is coming to an end, you will see flocks of birds gathering. Swallows, swifts and house martins will be tumbling across the sky feeding up before the long journey south, whilst roving gangs of juvenile starlings may congregate over farmland and woodland searching for food.

Many of us are still staying home as much as possible, so don’t forget there are loads of ways to stay connected to nature from your own home

What to spot this month includes

  • Hummingbird hawkmoth
  • Lords and Ladies
  • Large white butterflies
  • Rose hips
  • Peacock butterflies
  • Cuttlefish bones
  • Lapwings
  • Ripened elder berries
  • Busy bees
  • Chirping grasshoppers and crickets

Tell us what you've seen

There are many more species to be spotted this month so keep your eyes peeled and don’t forget to fill in our species recording form, so we can submit your sightings to the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre.

Other events and activities during July