Trip reports

Wednesday Walk: Hope Gap, Seaford

Goldfinch on seed feeder

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

The weather was bright with a gentle onshore breeze as 14 of us set off from South Hill Barn along Hope Bottom to Hope Gap. We then turned east along the cliff top to the Coastguard cottages before returning via Harry's Bush. A disappointingly low bird count was more than compensated by a beautiful show of wild flowers and butterflies.

A total of 23 bird species were observed - blackbird, cormorant, crow, little egret, goldfinch(pictured), black headed gull, great black-backed gull, lesser black-backed gull, herring gull, grey heron, jackdaw, linnet, magpie, oystercatcher, meadow pipit, rock pipit, shelduck, skylark, stonechat, swallow, blue tit, song thrush and woodpigeon. Butterflies included red admiral, meadow brown, comma, small heath, gate keeper, painted lady, peacock, small skipper, large white, marble white and dark green fritillary. Silver Y and cinnabar moths, also cinnabar caterpillars and a common lizard completed the days observations. A most enjoyable walk in some of the best scenery in Sussex.

Tony Vass