What you might see

The flower rich chalk grassland of Southerham will turn a deep blue, almost purple, in July and August. The round-headed rampion is almost exclusively found on the South Downs chalk grassland of Sussex. Its blue flower head is not a single bloom but actually a collection of smaller ones, clustered together. Adapted to a grazed habitat this is one of the final displays of the summer on a habitat that is a feast for the eyes from May through to September.

burnt-tip orchid / Graeme Lyons

News from Southerham Farm

    • Chalk Grassland

      Chalk Grassland

      There are few sights more spectacular than a wildflower meadow in full bloom. Packed with nectar-rich flowers and humming with insect life, these botanical hotspots will soon be looking their best and today, 6 July, marks National Meadows Day - a celebration of our glorious grasslands and the wealth of wildlife they support.

    • Puppy Love

      Puppy Love

      All about Patsy the sheepdog puppy, and why sheep are so important in maintaining precious chalk downland in which wildlife can thrive

    • The value of casual recording

      The value of casual recording

      The Trust’s Senior Ecologist blogs about the value of stumbling across quite a lot of good species whilst doing other things.

    • Be tick aware

      Be tick aware

      Now summer is here it is a good time to brush up on your knowledge of ticks, where they live and what sensible precautions you can take.

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