Frog Firle Farm, East Sussex ***
Grid ref: TQ509011
Nearest town: Seaford
Chalk downland slopes with the usual attendant species
Access details Use National Trust car park at High & Over
Key species Silver-spotted Skipper, Adonis Blue, Chalk Carpet moth
Other common species Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Chalkhill Blue, Small Blue, Brown Argus, Wall, whites, browns and migrants
Occasional species Dark Green Fritillary, Clouded Yellowspecies
Site description The site is owned and managed by The National Trust. The Seaford to Alfriston road divides the site into two main areas; the very steep east facing scarp of High and Over and the north facing slope of Cradle Hill. The scarp can be disappointingly low in butterfly numbers, is vulnerable to erosion and best avoided by anyone with weak knees and ankles. Cradle Valley offers the best butterfly watching including a healthy population of Silver-spotted Skippers. Be careful where the footpaths cross the road as views of oncoming traffic are restricted.
Author Nigel Kemp
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