Dates & Prices
Date: Wednesday 25th August 2021 Confirmed departure
Price: £50 Places available
Price Includes: Services of the guide for the day 09:00 – 17:00, transport by minibus
Not included: Lunch, drinks & snacks
Meeting place: Shoreham-by-Sea Train station
Leader: Terry Goble
Group Size: Minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 guests plus 1-2 leaders
Conservation donation: Butterfly Conservation
- Enjoy a late summer day out in Sussex for butterflies & other wildlife
- Led by local naturalist Terry Goble
- We will visit key locations to look for our main targets of Brown Hairstreak & Long-tailed Blue
- Other butterfly highlights we may see include Silver-spotted Skipper, Clouded Yellow, Adonis Blue, Chalkhill Blue and Common Blue & we’ll be checking whites for Southern Small White too!
- Relaxed pace to full appreciate the wildlife & for photography
- In support of Butterfly Conservation
We invite you to join us for a late summer day out in Sussex, looking for Brown Hairstreak, Long-tailed Blue, plus other butterflies!
Terry Goble has undertaken voluntary work for the RSPB, Bat conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation and fund raising for many wildlife charities. Later he studied for a degree in Environment and Conservation. During his degree years he focused on his passion for butterflies and studied the fluctuating populations of butterflies on the South Downs. He enjoyed tracking the spread of species such as Silver-spotted Skipper, but was alarmed at the decline of some much-loved species. He continues voluntary work to help restore habitat and conserve these precious but diminishing populations. After university Terry started to look to change his career and stumbled upon leading tours for wildlife holiday companies, which seemed to fit his profile of interests for travel, animals and of course people. Over the ensuing years he has now led many butterfly tours to Europe including Hungary, Croatia, Romania and Greece and has also enjoyed learning to identify butterflies in some more exotic locations. He has had the opportunity to unravel some of the myriad species of butterflies in the Americas, ‘glasswings’ being a particular favourite. He also very much enjoys sharing knowledge with others and is equally happy to learn from people as well.
This trip is designed to spend time searching for the late summer species that can be found on the downs and woody scrubs in Sussex. We will be targeting the Brown Hairstreak and with luck the Long-tailed Blue. However, at this time of year we should also enjoy the rich variety of species on the downlands. The rapidly spreading Silver-spotted Skipper is a real gem and the brilliant blues should also be seen in good numbers.
The day will begin at our meeting point, at Shoreham Train station at 9am.
We will then drive to Brighton to search amongst the sweet pea for emerging Long-tailed Blues, now thought to be over wintering and certainly breeding in Brighton. We can also keep a lookout for Brown hairstreak, but they are scarce here. Clouded Yellow is also likely at this site.
A more reliable site for the brown hairstreak is at Steyning. The Brown Hairstreak is a tricky butterfly to see well as it spends much of its time zig zagging around the tops of blackthorn shrubs. However, with patience the females come down to the young blackthorn to lay eggs and then superb views can be had. With luck the males may also follow.
On route we will stop off at Holmbush to gather supplies for a picnic lunch and use the facilities. The paths are mostly flat and slightly uneven. There is a short decent to the valley bottom at Steyning, which is a 5 minuet walk. Depending on the sightings the tour will finish around 5pm and the clients will be returned to Shoreham Station.
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