Recent sightings in Sussex
Thank you for your patience in keeping clear of Rowland Wood while the heavy machinery was there. This work is now complete, and we are pleased to allow permissive access to the wood again.
Our members and volunteers have commented on the growing problem of dog fouling on the reserve, which is not only unpleasant for other visitors but also counter-productive to our conservation work.
We would therefore remind you of Butterfly Conservation's policy on this matter. Dogs are welcome on the reserve, provided they remain on a lead and on the path at all times. Please pick up after your dog and take any mess home.
Commercial dog-walking is not permitted.
Sunday 17 December
On Saturday I spent the day counting Brown Hairstreak eggs on the Knepp Wildland, as part of the annual butterfly monitoring programme. Many will be aware that this species enjoyed a spectacular population explosion there in the summer, with an unprecedented number of adult Brown Hairstreaks being recorded. Unsurprisingly, this was reflected in the egg count, with the eggs-per-hour find rate rising from the 2012-2016 average of 1.8 (which is a low figure for West Sussex) to 30.6; an increase of 1600%. I also found two pairs of Blue-bordeRed Carpet moth eggs on the Blackthorn. (Neil Hulme)