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SUMMER EVENTS & FIELD TRIPS - 2017

Our events are a great way to see butterflies, learn about them, and visit some wonderful places and see many different habitats across Sussex. >We've got another excellent selection of butterfly field events lined up for you this year, all run by volunteers who are passionate about the wonderful butterflies that Sussex has to offer.

Most of our events are free and open to all, although there is a suggested donation of £2 to help us with our work if you are not a member of Butterfly Conservation. Please check the details carefully as some events are exclusively for members or require pre-booking. For further information, please contact Barbara Woods at events@sussex-butterflies.org.uk.

Please wear stout footwear to outdoor events and appropriate clothes for the weather conditions.

Dogs allowed but must be kept on a lead - Events that are suitable for children, but they must be accompanied by an adult.

Dogs allowed but must be kept on a lead - Events that are suitable to bring dogs along to, but they must be on a lead.

Transport: If you need or can offer a lift to any of our events please email the field trip organiser who will attempt to put you in touch with each other to reduce our carbon footprint! Public transport may be available to some events – try www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk for information.

Future field trips: If you have any ideas for future trips or would like to lead one to your favourite site the field trip organiser would like to hear from you!

May

Fritillaries for the Future

Saturday, 6th May 10.30am to 1.00pm - Optional training afterwards

Fritillaries for the Future Project event – Rewell Wood

Suitable for:  Suitable for children

Leader: Neil Hulme - Tel: 07778 306816 - Email: nh@nhulme.eclipse.co.uk

Location: Rewell Wood

Grid Reference: SU983076

Distance: 1.5km (1 mile) walk.

Meeting place: Meet at the sawmill in the southern part of Rewell Wood, accessed via a concealed turning off the eastbound A27 dual carriageway between Fontwell and Arundel. The turning is marked by a thick overhead cable crossing the dual carriageway. Extreme caution must be exercised on both entry and exit. Drive up the track through the open gate (locked after 6.30 pm) until you reach the sawmill.

Target species: Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Grizzled Skipper

Terrain: There’s a very gentle slope but some rutted areas and trip hazards, so unsuitable for wheelchair access. Strong footwear is essential.

This is a Butterfly Conservation Fritillaries for the Future Project Walk followed by an optional short training course in Pearl-bordered Fritillary monitoring and habitat assessment. Open to all, but please register your intent to attend with Project Officer Neil Hulme via nh@nhulme.eclipse.co.uk or 07778 306816.

This walk will be followed by an optional, short training course in Pearl-bordered Fritillary monitoring and habitat assessment in the afternoon.

Fritillaries for the Future

Saturday, 6th May 2.00pm to 4.30pm - Optional training afterwards

Fritillaries for the Future Project event – Rewell Wood

Suitable for:  Suitable for children

Leader: Neil Hulme - Tel: 07778 306816 - Email: nh@nhulme.eclipse.co.uk

Location: Rewell Wood

Grid Reference: SU983076

Distance: 1.5km (1 mile) walk.

Meeting place: Meet at the sawmill in the southern part of Rewell Wood, accessed via a concealed turning off the eastbound A27 dual carriageway between Fontwell and Arundel. The turning is marked by a thick overhead cable crossing the dual carriageway. Extreme caution must be exercised on both entry and exit. Drive up the track through the open gate (locked after 6.30 pm) until you reach the sawmill.

Target species: Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Grizzled Skipper

Terrain: There’s a very gentle slope but some rutted areas and trip hazards, so unsuitable for wheelchair access. Strong footwear is essential.

This is a Butterfly Conservation Fritillaries for the Future Project Walk followed by an optional short training course in Pearl-bordered Fritillary monitoring and habitat assessment. Open to all, but please register your intent to attend with Project Officer Neil Hulme via nh@nhulme.eclipse.co.uk or 07778 306816.

This walk will be followed by an optional, short training course in Pearl-bordered Fritillary monitoring and habitat assessment in the afternoon.

Fritillaries for the Future

Sunday, 7th May 10.30am to 1.00pm - Optional training afterwards

Fritillaries for the Future Project event – Rewell Wood

Suitable for:  Suitable for children

Leader: Neil Hulme - Tel: 07778 306816 - Email: nh@nhulme.eclipse.co.uk

Location: Rewell Wood

Grid Reference: SU983076

Distance: 1.5km (1 mile) walk

Meeting place: Meet at the sawmill in the southern part of Rewell Wood, accessed via a concealed turning off the eastbound A27 dual carriageway between Fontwell and Arundel. The turning is marked by a thick overhead cable crossing the dual carriageway. Extreme caution must be exercised on both entry and exit. Drive up the track through the open gate (locked after 6.30 pm) until you reach the sawmill

Target species: Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Grizzled Skipper.

Terrain: There’s a very gentle slope but some rutted areas and trip hazards, so unsuitable for wheelchair access. Strong footwear is essential.

This is a Butterfly Conservation Fritillaries for the Future Project Walk followed by an optional short training course in Pearl-bordered Fritillary monitoring and habitat assessment. Open to all, but please register your intent to attend with Project Officer Neil Hulme via nh@nhulme.eclipse.co.uk or 07778 306816.

Fritillaries for the Future

Sunday, 7th May 2.00pm to 4.30pm - Optional training afterwards

Fritillaries for the Future Project event – Rewell Wood

Suitable for:  Suitable for children

Leader: Neil Hulme - Tel: 07778 306816 - Email: nh@nhulme.eclipse.co.uk

Location: Rewell Wood

Grid Reference: SU983076

Distance: 1.5km (1 mile) walk

Meeting place: Meet at the sawmill in the southern part of Rewell Wood, accessed via a concealed turning off the eastbound A27 dual carriageway between Fontwell and Arundel. The turning is marked by a thick overhead cable crossing the dual carriageway. Extreme caution must be exercised on both entry and exit. Drive up the track through the open gate (locked after 6.30 pm) until you reach the sawmill

Target species: Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Grizzled Skipper.

Terrain: There’s a very gentle slope but some rutted areas and trip hazards, so unsuitable for wheelchair access. Strong footwear is essential.

This is a Butterfly Conservation Fritillaries for the Future Project Walk followed by an optional short training course in Pearl-bordered Fritillary monitoring and habitat assessment. Open to all, but please register your intent to attend with Project Officer Neil Hulme via nh@nhulme.eclipse.co.uk or 07778 306816.

This walk will be followed by an optional, short training course in Pearl-bordered Fritillary monitoring and habitat assessment in the afternoon.

Fritillaries for the Future

Saturday, 13th May 10.30am to 1.30pm - Optional training afterwards

Fritillaries for the Future Project event – Stansted Forest

Suitable for:  Suitable for children

Leader: Neil Hulme - Tel: 07778 306816 - Email: nh@nhulme.eclipse.co.uk

Location: Stansted Forest

Grid Reference: SU753103

Distance: 3km (2 mile) walk

Meeting place: Meet in the small car park on the left-hand side (travelling north) of the road named Broad Walk, just before it crosses The Avenue, a very wide ride giving views of Stansted House to your right. Please do not leave valuables in the car.

Target species: Pearl-bordered Fritillaries and other spring butterflies

This is a Butterfly Conservation Fritillaries for the Future Project Walk followed by an optional short training course in Pearl-bordered Fritillary monitoring and habitat assessment. Open to all, but please register your intent to attend with Project Officer Neil Hulme via nh@nhulme.eclipse.co.uk or 07778 306816.

This walk will be followed by an optional, short training course in Pearl-bordered Fritillary monitoring and habitat assessment in the afternoon.

Sunday, 21st May 10.30am to 1.00pm

Malling Down Magnificent Seven

Suitable for:  Suitable for children Suitable for dogs

Leader: Colin Gibbs - Tel: 07540 492851 - Email: colin.gibbs@yahoo.co.uk

Location: Malling Down, Lewes

Grid Reference: TQ42361060

Distance: 2.5km (1.75 mile) walk.

Meeting place: Wheatsheaf Gardens, just off Malling ~Street (A26) Lewes. Down from Pets Corner and almost opposite the petrol station

Target species: Adonis Blue, Wall Brown, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Small Heath.

Terrain: Very steep slopes, rough, uneven ground. Not suitable for those with mobility restrictions. Quite a few nettles and brambles – shorts / skirts only for the brave!

Open to all – beginners welcome. Children and families especially welcome but please note that the terrain is a little tricky in places. Dog on leads due to grazing sheep on the reserve. We are aiming to see the Magnificent Seven but with luck and some enthusiasm we may see a few more!

FURTHER NOTE: Good for public transport (buses 122,125,132,143,A5, 29). Nearest parking – Harveys Way, 5 – 10 minutes walk away but crossing a busy road.

June

Saturday, 24th June 10.30am to 1:30pm

Silver-studded Blues at Iping and Stedham Commons

Suitable for:  Suitable for children

Leader: Colin Knight - Tel: 07704 830104 - Email: knightct@yahoo.com

Location: Iping and Stedham Commons

Grid Reference: SU85222200

Distance: 4km (2.75 mile) walk

Meeting place: Meet at the Car park at SU85222200. Directions: 2.7 miles west from Midhurst on A272, turn left (south) on to Elsted Road. Car park is 250m on the right. Distance: 4km (2.75 mile) walk.

Target species: Silver-studded Blue and Common Heath moth

Terrain: Mostly flat and easy going. Additional info about commons can be found on the at the Sussex Wildlife Trust website

Find out about heathland butterflies and moths on this walk around these two special Sussex lowland heath nature reserve sites. All are welcome and do bring a picnic lunch.

https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/visit/iping-stedham-commons

Sunday, 25th June 11.00am to 1.00pm

Caterpillars and their food plants

Suitable for:  Suitable for children

Leader: David Harris - Tel: 01273 515762 - Email: d.harris8@btinternet.com

Location: Newhaven, with possible short drives from this base if weather permits

Grid Reference: TQ 44621 00609

Distance: 5 mile driving radius. Limited walking.

Meeting place: 7, Gibbon Road, Newhaven

Target species: Whatever is around and chomping on the day!

Terrain: Easy

We are going to try and identify as many caterpillars and their food plants as we can.

July

Saturday, 15th July 10.30am to 1.00pm

Hairstreak Meet & Greet – Session 1

Suitable for:  Suitable for children

Leader: Jamie Burston - Tel: 07858072547 - Email: jamieburstonart@outlook.com

Location: Hollingbury Park, Brighton

Grid Reference: TQ31410759

Distance: 1.2km (just under 1 mile) walk

Meeting place: Meet on park green directly next to the bus shelter off Ditchling Road, located opposite Surrenden Road. Free road parking in Surrenden Road and surrounding area. Bus routes 26 and 46.

Target species: White-letter Hairstreak

Terrain: Easy paths (some sloping.)

Join Jamie on this city walk looking for White-letter Hairstreaks around the Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere.

Jamie will dedicate the first 20 minutes of the walk teaching you the best methods of recording and surveying for White-letter Hairstreak in the canopy of Elm trees, this is part of an initiative to encourage people to record the species across Sussex.

Bring binoculars if you can.

Photo opportunities, weather permitting. Children's playground and picnic areas.

Saturday, 15th July 3.45pm to 5.30pm

Hairstreak Meet & Greet – Session 2

Suitable for:  Suitable for children

Leader: Jamie Burston - Tel: 07858072547 - Email: jamieburstonart@outlook.com

Location: Hollingbury Park, Brighton

Grid Reference: TQ31410759

Distance: 1.2km (just under 1 mile) walk

Meeting place: Meet on park green directly next to the bus shelter off Ditchling Road, located opposite Surrenden Road. Free road parking in Surrenden Road and surrounding area. Bus routes 26 and 46. Bring binoculars if you can.

Target species: White-letter Hairstreak

Terrain: Easy paths (some sloping.) Photo opportunities, weather permitting. Children's playground and picnic areas.

Join Jamie on this city walk looking for White-letter Hairstreaks around the Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere.

Sunday, 16th July 10.30am to 12:30pm

Bevendean Blues

Suitable for:  Suitable for children Suitable for dogs

Leader: Tessa Pawsey and Geoff Stevens - Tel: 07422543872 - Email: dbsgms@gmail.com

Location: Bevendean Brighton

Grid Reference: TQ338065

Distance: 3.25km (2.0 mile) walk.

Meeting place: Meet at the corner of Heath Hill Avenue and Norwich Drive Bevendean Brighton.

Target species: Chalkhill blues, other downland species and day flying moths.

Terrain: Some steep slopes. Dogs welcome as long as they are kept on a lead.

Join Geoff and Tessa for a wander around Bevendean in search of chalkhill blues and other butterflies and moths.

Sunday, 16th July 10.30am to 1.00pm

Butterflies for Beginners at Warnham Butterfly Reserve

Suitable for:  Suitable for children Suitable for dogs

Leader: David Bridges - Tel: 078408 71755 - Email: butterfly0@btinternet.com

Location: Warnham Butterfly Reserve, Tilletts Lane, Warnham

Grid Reference: TQ156335

Distance: 2km (1.5 mile) walk.

Meeting place: Meeting place: Car park at Warnham Village Hall, Hollands Way, RH12 3RH

Target species: Common grassland butterflies and, hopefully, some rarer woodland species, including Silver-washed Fritillary. In 2016 we saw Purple Emperor.

Terrain: Easy field paths on sloping ground but with some ruts and tree stumps to look out for in places

This event is for new-ish members of BC living in NW Sussex and is suitable for members who want to improve their butterfly ID skills and learn more about butterflies in Sussex! We will be visiting the Warnham butterfly reserve where 34 species have been recorded since 2010. For enquiries prior to the day 01403 250569.

Sunday, 16th July 1.00pm to 4.30pm

Unearthing the Secrets of the Empress

Suitable for:  Suitable for children

Leader: Neil Hulme - Tel: 07778 306816 - Email: nh@nhulme.eclipse.co.uk

Location: Eartham Wood

Grid Reference: SU938106

Distance: 4km (2.5 mile) walk.

Target species: Purple Emperor (females), White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary

Terrain: Some moderately steep inclines and uneven surfaces, so unsuitable for wheelchair access. Strong footwear is advisable

Join Neil and find out about the Purple Emperor on this afternoon walk. Please register your intent to attend with Project Officer Neil Hulme via nh@nhulme.eclipse.co.uk or 07778 306816.

Saturday, 22nd July 10.0am to 4.0pm

Wildlife gardening for butterflies open day

Suitable for:  Suitable for children

Leader: Martin Kalaher - Tel: 01903 740047 - Email: martinkalaher@hotmail.com

Location: Storrington

Grid Reference: TQ 08138 14081

Distance: Distance, no more than a couple hundred yards.

Meeting place: Cherry House, Kithurst Lane, Storrington. RH20 4LP. Cherry House is the second dwelling on the left in Kithurst Lane (which is a cul-de-sac). The first is a bungalow and then there is Cherry House, on the left.

Target species: In the meadow and surrounding hedgerow there should be Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Marbled White, Common blue. In the herbaceous garden and the Buddleia there should be Red Admiral, Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Large, Small and Green-veined Whites. In addition, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Dark Green Fritillary, Speckled Wood and Holly Blue are all quite possible.

Terrain: Flat terrain. Suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness.

The purpose of the open day is not to see lots of rarities but to see how it is quite possible to attract a large variety of butterflies into a country garden and also encourage them to stay and breed. You can read about the wild life garden and meadow here

Saturday, 22nd July 10.00am to 3.00pm

Sussex Moths and Butterflies of Swanborough Hill

Suitable for:  Suitable for children Suitable for dogs

Leader: David Harris & Steven Teale - Tel: 01273 515762 - Email: d.harris8@btinternet.com

Location: Swanborough Hill, Swanborough Farm

Grid Reference: TQ400077

Distance: 4.5km (2.5 mile) walk.

Meeting place: Meet at Ashdown Site Investgation Ltd. The Old Dairy, Swanborough Farm,

Join David and Stephen in a search for the Chalk Carpet and other downland species.

We’re likely to finish at 3.00pm but you can leave at any time. Bring lunch, a drink and good walking shoes.

Sunday, 23rd July 10.30am to 12.30pm

Dark green fritillaries at Anchor Bottom – a mission of rediscovery

Suitable for:  Suitable for children Suitable for dogs

Leader: Chris Corrigan - Tel: 07982 606661 - Email: chriscorrigan3@gmail.com

Location: Anchor Bottom, Upper Beeding

Grid Reference: TQ208097

Meeting place: Meet at Anchor Bottom, Upper Beeding at the car park on the road from Shoreham to Truleigh Hill (where it turns sharp right). Alternatively get off the no. 2 bus fromBrighton on the A283 Shoreham Road at the South Downs Way and walk up to the car park (1km)

Target species: Dark green fritillaries and other downland species.

Terrain: Steep downland grassland, so strong shoes or boots recommended. Beginners and families especially welcome.

Anchor Bottom was formerly a good site for dark green fritillary but numbers have declined and 2016 was such a terrible year they may now be extinct. Our job is to find them!

Dogs welcome but must be on a lead as cattle may be present

Sunday, 30th July 10.30am to 12.30pm

Keep the Ridge Green Butterfly Walk

Suitable for:

Leader: Jamie Burston - Tel: 07858072547 - Email: jamieburstonart@outlook.com

Location: Brighton

Grid Reference: TQ28610805

Distance: 2km (1.25 mile) walk.

Meeting place: Meet on the green near Hill Top café at top of Dyke Road Avenue Parking in Green Ridge/Millcroft/Windmill Drive/Mill Rise. Bus No. 27 – direction Westdene - stop Tongdean Lane. Pedestrian access to the Ridge is from Dyke Road Avenue, Green Ridge via a twitten between Nos.41&43 or junction at Windmill Drive/Mill Rise.

Target species: Marbled white, skippers, gatekeeper, meadow brown, ringlet, whites, blues – some moths.

Terrain: Grassland & wood, mainly flat but sloping steeply in parts into and through Coney Wood – kissing gate and field gates into Coney Wood, and ‘100’ steps in wood.

Join Jamie for a lovely walk in the Brighton and Lewes Down Biosphere looking for summer butterflies of the South Downs. The Ridge runs from top of Dyke Road Avenue along Mill Road through Coney Wood beyond Patcham Windmill down to Patcham Place

August

Friday, 25th August 10.00am to

Brown Hairstreaks at the Steyning Downland Project

Suitable for:

Leader: Richard Roebuck - Tel: 07973 751001 - Email: richard@roebuckonline.co.uk

Location: Steyning Rifle Range

Grid Reference: TQ17331129

Distance: 4.5km (3 mile) walk

Meeting place: Meet at the bowling green, on the junction of Charlton Street and Mill Road in Steyning (Postcode BN44 3LN). There is local parking there

Terrain: Gentle uphill walk of about 2 km. Wear walking boots.

Join Richard for a special walk to find the Brown Hairstreak on the best location for this butterfly in Sussex.

November

Saturday, 18th November 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Butterfly Conservation, Sussex Branch AGM

Suitable for:

Location: Lindfield

Grid Reference: TQ 28321 16518

Meeting place: Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex BN6 9UY.

Terrain: Easy going.

Join us for an afternoon of talks, tea and cake and our legendary raffle.


Past Events

Saturday, 22nd April 10.30am to Midday

In search of Lady of the Woods amongst the bluebells

Suitable for:  Suitable for children

Leader: Barbara Woods

Location: Blunts Wood & Paiges Meadow LNR

Grid Reference: TQ317246

Distance: 3.25km (2 mile) walk

Meeting place: Meet in the Blunts Wood Crescent free car park, Haywards Heath (located between Haywards Heath and Cuckfield, approximately 15 minutes walk from Haywards Heath railway station. Nearest postcode: RH16 1NE (See link to map on Natural England website )

Terrain: There are moderate slopes and steep steps so unsuitable for wheelchair access. Appropriate footwear and clothing should be worn as the nature reserve paths can be very muddy at this time of year.

Target species: Lady of the Woods better known as Orange-tip, as well as Speckled Wood, Green-veined White and if we are lucky Green Hairstreak.

All welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please register your intent to attend with Barbara Woods in advance of the day of the walk on 01444 412483.

Sunday, 23rd April 12.00 noon to 4.00pm

Haywards Heath Spring Festival, Muster Green

Suitable for:  Suitable for children Suitable for dogs

Leader:

Location: Muster Green, Haywards Heath

Come and visit the Butterfly Conservation Sussex stand at the annual Haywards Heath Spring Festival.

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