Trip reports

Cuckmere Valley and the downs

male stonechat perched on bramble

Saturday, 26 September 2015

I took six members on this 4 hour walk on a lovely sunny morning. We met at the Seven Sisters Centre and walked up the hill to the barn to have coffee. On the way we saw meadow pipit, swallows and three buzzard, Helen even found a lady tresses orchid and lots of bell clusters (campanula glomerata) with a few passerines around the barn yard. Then on up to the old airfield, RAF Friston in World War 2, where a new memorial has been erected. We had a big charm of goldfinches on the set aside stripes with a few linnets, and three or four kestrels with a sparrow hawk as well. From there we walked towards the cliffs and saw two ravens sitting on the fence posts. We then turned towards the tri point for lunch overlooking the valley, and noticed a lot of day trippers down there. Had a nice view of a stonechat and a little grebe, but could not find the grey phalarope that Michelle and I saw the week before.

Michael Light