I’ve spent most of June gazing out of the window waiting for summer to start; it was a very wet month and Ladbrokes stopped taking bets on June 2016 being the wettest on record. Instead of spending some balmy midsummer days in the Sussex countryside watching dragonflies, butterflies and other summer wildlife I seem to have spent a lot of time indoors moaning. All that’s about to change as I’m sure this weather will improve (well, it couldn’t get much worse) in July. It better had because we have a load of great events lined up to help you make the most of the summer wildlife of Sussex.
The month starts with a chance to explore our Rye Harbour reserve with warden Barry Yates on July 2nd. It’s the first of many chances to find out more about the varied wildlife of this great coastal nature reserve. There’s also opportunities to learn more about the wetland wildlife of Rye Harbour on July 10th, the unusual flowers found here on July 17th and you’ll be able to get close to Rye Harbour’s moths on July 27th. On July 31st grab your binoculars and learn more about the birds that breed here.
Also on the coast our Shoresearch team will be leading us across the rockpools at opposite ends of the county. They will be taking advantage of the evening low tide at Seven Sisters on July 4th and Selsey Bill on July 5th. Join them to experience some amazing underwater animals.
Away from the coast the woodlands and downland across Sussex come alive in the summer and we have a series of guided walks to help you learn more about the flowers and insects which give colour to the English summer season. On July 7th there is a walk along the River Lod at Lodsworth and on the following day (July 8th) we’ll have our monthly members-only wander around our Woods Mill reserve.
There will be a walk over the South Downs in West Sussex (starting and ending conveniently at The Unicorn in Heyshott) on July 9th. On July 12th we’ll be over in East Sussex looking for white admirals, silver-washed fritillaries and (maybe) a purple emperor around Ditchling. Also on 12th our Eastbourne group will be exploring the South Downs around East Dean.
There’s a great opportunity to experience our beautiful Ebernoe reserve on July 13th where we’ll be looking out for butterflies, dragonflies, hoverflies and generally enjoying the serenity of this woodland.
The Gatwick Greenspace walk on July 16th will focus on our dragonflies and damselflies; come along and learn all about these amazing aerial predators. On July 17th bumblebee expert Nikki Gammans leads a course on the ecology and identification of these fascinating insects.
On July 22nd there will be a guided walk at Seaford Head enjoying the wildlife and views of this iconic Sussex landscape.