Tuesday 12 September

This morning I walked around the upper slopes between Dukes Mound and the Marina where there's plenty of ivy in flower and saw 1 hummingbird hawk moth, 10 Red Admirals, 1 Painted Lady, 2 Large Whites and 1 Small White. I've lived in Hove since 1974 yet never walked here before. I crossed the A259 and climbed up to Cliff Approach with a haul of 1 Red Admiral, 2 Large Whites,1 Small White and as I reached Cliffe Approach 1 Small Copper. Back down the slope and a little further east I saw 1 Common Blue and 1 Meadow Brown in the downland field just before the pitch and putt course. I worked my way up hill again along the west end of the course to Roedean Road which produced 1 Small Copper, 2 painted ladies, 1 hummingbird hawk moth, 1 Red Admiral, Large Whites and Small Whites. After heading east between the huge, very expensive and butterfly unfriendly houses of Roedean Crescent I crossed the field in the valley and climbed a little way along a footpath on the east side to avoid a pack of 20 dogs and 4 dog walkers. This paid dividends as I saw 2 Small Heaths and 2 green veined whites which I wouldn't have seen otherwise. After that I headed down and walked back to Brighton along the cliff tops where only a few whites were braving the stiff breeze. (John Heys)

Hooray! More sun and 13 butterfly species today around the Lancing Ring area. 73 Red Admiral, 15 Speckled Wood, 8 Peacock, 6 Small Copper, 6 Small Heath, 6 Common Blue, 3 Meadow Brown, 3 Green-veined White, 2 Comma, Holly Blue, Wall Brown, Small & Large White. Arrived home to be greeted by a Hummingbird Hawkmoth. (Lindsay Morris)

Visited Malling Down today, where the chalk pits are covered in a blue haze of Devil's Bit Scabious. Three Small Coppers started the day, numerous Peacocks nectaring, as well as Small Heath, Meadow Brown and Large White. A rather worn Common Blue, as well as this Red Admiral that looked a sorry sight - large chunks missing from both hindwings, and the tip of one antenna gone. (Nigel Symington)