A circular walk from Butt's Brow

, 07 July 2022
A circular walk from Butt's Brow
Essex Skipper © Alan Nott

By David Beer

Eastbourne Local Members Group

Warm sunshine and a light breeze welcomed fourteen members of the local group as we assembled in the car park at Butt’s Brow. 

We set off in a southerly direction and were soon treated to excellent views of a Kestrel that perched obligingly in the upper branches of a dead Ash tree. 

Marbled Whites and Meadow Browns were flying vigorously as we approached the American Airforce Memorial. Pyramidal Orchids and Vipers Bugloss provided a dash of intense colour to the chalk grassland landscape. The occasional Swift delighted us as it arced across the skyline. 

Pair of Marbled Whites © Alan Nott
Pair of Marbled Whites © Alan Nott

As we walked to the top of Bourne Hill, Small and Essex Skippers were more obvious in the swathes of semi improved grassland. The unmistakable gurgling croak of a Raven was heard by most of the group and there were good views of this increasingly common Corvid as it was mobbed by a parliament of Rooks. As we enjoyed the timeless view of Jevington a Red Kite glided by on the breeze and it was quickly followed by three Buzzards circling on the thermals. 

Two very fresh Gatekeepers provided some good photo opportunities and a Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral were seen amongst the Brambles. 

As we returned to the car park a group of very showy Linnets were seen perched on the gorse bushes. We enjoyed a fine walk on this spectacular section of the Eastbourne Downland.

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