Trip reports

Warren Hill, Eastbourne

Warren Hill, Eastbourne
Michael Light

Saturday, 18 July 2015

I led five members of the group on a circular walk, on a sunny but windy day looking for butterflies and flowers with a few birds too. On the way we did the butterfly count for 15 minutes as part of the national count.

There were lots of gatekeeper, could be 20 on each shrubby patch and meadow browns with marble whites (pictured), small skippers and small heath in good numbers. There were a few red admiral, small tortoiseshell and painted lady butterflies as well.

On the chalk hills we found pyramid orchid, scabious, knapweed and round-headed rampion, the flower of Sussex.

A few birds were seen, the skylarks singing, a charm of goldfinches feeding on the thistle heads, swallows and pied wagtail on the dew ponds and a kestrel hovering.

We all had a good time, and as most of us had cameras took lots of photographs.

Michael Light