By Michael Blencowe
Senior Learning and Engagement Officer
Last August the South Downs looked more like the Serengeti. The long hot summer and lack of rain turned the lush green hills to a rather over-baked brown. The few days of rainfall that were scattered throughout this July should hopefully prevent Sussex from turning too crispy this year. That rain may have interrupted a few barbecue plans but was no doubt a welcome relief to our plants and the animal’s that feed on them.
We’ve organised another packed programme of events throughout August which will give you the chance to get out, experience and learn more about the wildlife of your county. Whether its birds, butterflies, bats, moths, owls or plant seeds there’s something for you this month. Come along and join us in August.
1 August: Owl Walk at Woods Mill
2 August: Moth Trap Morning at Woods Mill
4 August: Moth Trap Morning at Rye Harbour
4 August: Discover the Pillboxes at Rye Harbour
7 August: Fay Godwin Event at Rye Harbour
7 August: Bat Night at Woods Mill
9 August: Rockpooling at Ovingdean
9 August: Camber Castle Walk at Rye Harbour
11 August: Moths by Moonlight at Rye Harbour
13 August: Malling Down Wildlife Walk at Lewes
13 August: Butterflies and Dragonflies at Woods Mill 14 August: Summer Butterflies at Seaford Head
17 August: Camber Castle Open at Rye Harbour
20 August: Bat Night at Woods Mill
22 August: Migrating Birds at Seaford Head
28 August: Wildlife Walk at Graffham Common near Petworth - Members-only
30 August: Special Seeds Walk at Rye Harbour
On top of all these events Sussex Wildlife Trust are running their busy programme of wildlife courses throughout the month giving you a chance to learn more about some of the county’s amazing wildlife, how to observe and record it and how to get involved in a bit of hands-on scything.
3 August: An Introduction to Wildlife Recording
9 August: An Introduction to the Hazel Dormouse
31 August: Scything for Beginners