Author Huw Morgan
The Youth Rangers have been working on one of the Trust’s smaller sites, the Deneway in Westdean, Brighton. The long, narrow site is 1.5 hectares and runs between the back of suburban gardens and the London to Brighton railway line. Bought by the Trust in 1975 the site isn’t open to the public and acts as an undisturbed wildlife corridor on the edge of the city. The site is an SNCI ( Site of Nature Conservation Importance ) and makes up part of a larger Local Nature Reserve.
Badgers and foxes call the site home and the Youth Rangers have spotted adders, kestrels, chiffchaffs and black caps during their sessions there. The site has a good number of elm trees and a population of white-letter hairstreak butterflies.
The group have cleared vast amounts of fly tipping from the site over the last couple of years and have opened up small glade areas to encourage basking reptiles and increase the variety of ground flora found there.
Despite the rush of trains, the site is a tranquil spot and I wonder if the commuters off to work are aware of the wildlife thriving in the urban woodland just meters away from where they’re sitting?
Please watch Ryan’s expose of the nocturnal goings on at the Deneway
Youth Rangers meet every Thursday please call Huw Morgan on 07771 375273 or email Huw here for more details