Recent sightings in Sussex
Wood White Conservation in Sussex and Surrey
I have just published the winter conservation work party schedule for Oaken Woods, which is on the Sussex-Surrey border a few miles north west of Horsham. These events are organised by the Surrey branch of BC. Oaken Woods is part of the Chiddingfold Forest complex which contains the last remaining colony of Sussex Wood Whites. These ethereal creatures are amongst the rarest and most threatened buttrflies in Sussex. BC is working on a setting up a conservation project to preserve Wood Whites at Chiddingfold and the Sussex branch has commited funding towards this. There is a clear wish to establish greater connectivity between the Sussex and Surrey Wood White populations.
Last year no one from Sussex attended any of the Conservation work parties at Oaken Woods. If you live in north central Sussex, have the occasional Thursday free this winter and wish to do something that matters, why not give it a go.
Sunday 22 October
On a brief visit to Mill Hill where it was blowing a gale I found one Red Admiral at the bottom (and two dragonflies). At the field by the top car park I found one Red Admiral and one particularly glittery looking fresh Common Blue. (Katrina Watson)
A pleasant stroll this afternoon around the National Trusts Nymans Gardens yielded x37 Red Admirals. x1 Comma & x1 Speckled Wood. All taking advantage of the sun on this lovely afternoon. (Steve Dawson)