The heatwave of late-June seemed to encourage a lot of wildlife to appear early. I was picking blackberries by the middle of July! There were clouds of summer butterflies around in early July but by the end of the month they had all seemed to have finished their mating and egg-laying and expired. Showers set in by late July and you’d be forgiven for thinking that summer is over. We’ve still got August to go though and there is plenty of wildlife on offer and we’re offering you plenty of chances to get out and experience it.
At the start of August Mike Russell will be leading a half-day Dragonfly Safari at our Old Lodge reserve. Join Mike on the August 1 to learn more about these incredible, acrobatic insects.
On August 3 we’ll be heading out on a members-only wildlife walk around our Graffham Common reserve near Petworth. Join us to see how our heathland restoration project is shaping up. Also on the August 3 we’ll be searching for the rare and impressive fen raft spider – Britain’s biggest spider – out on the Pevensey Levels. Back at our Woods Mill Headquarters on August 4 we will be off on our monthly Woods Mill Wander and seeing what is happening on our reserve in summer.
Mike Russell will be back at Woods Mill on August 5 for another half-day Dragonfly Safari and over at Rye Harbour we’ll be opening up the moth trap on the morning of August 6 to see what wonders lie within.
The Eastbourne group will be leading a walk along part of the Jubilee Way on August 8. And if you want more Eastbourne downland action there will be a circular walk looking for butterflies and other wildlife on August 9. Over in West Sussex Mike Russell will be leading a half-day Dragonfly Safari around Burton Mill Pond on August 9 and in the evening you can join the Shore Search team as they hunt among the rockpools at Bognor.
On August 11 we will be exploring the summer wildlife of the Lewes Downs at our Southerham reserve. The following day (August 12) a leisurely walk around Lurgashall(near Petworth) is promised – with the option of lunch at a local pub.
There’s another chance to marvel at the moths at Rye Harbour moth trap opening on August 13 and Mike Russell is back looking for dragonflies on August 15 – this time at Lewes Railway Land. On August 16 we will be high on the Ashdown Forest enjoying the views and the wildlife on a circular walk around our Old Lodge reserve.
There’s a great opportunity to learn more about the amazing invertebrates of a heathland on August 18. Ecologist Graeme Lyons will lead a one-day course looking at the amazing variety of beetles, spiders, moths, butterflies, wasps, bees and other invertebrates that survive on the hostile heaths.
Our Navigation for Juniors course on August 25 offers a fun relaxed day aimed at aspiring young explorers aged between 10 and 15 years. By the end of the day “wannabe” Bear Grylls will have learnt how to navigate the landscape using map reading and compass and navigation skills.
We end another busy month over at Rye Harbour on August 27th with a ‘Walk with a Warden’ event – pond-dipping and birdwatching at Camber Castle.