Dates & Prices
Dates: Thursday 15th July 2021 Confirmed departure
Price: £50 Fully booked
Price Includes: Services of the guide for the day 09:00 – 17:00
Not included: Lunch, drinks & snacks
Meeting place: Shoreham Train station
Leader: Terry Goble
Group Size: Minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 guests plus 1 leader.
- Enjoy a 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 target the Purple Emperor
- Other butterfly highlights we may see include White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Ringlet & Gatekeeper
- Perfect for a family day out and equally excellent for a group of friends or natural history group gatherings
- Relaxed pace to full appreciate the wildlife and landscapes & ideal for photography
We invite you to join us for a summer day out in Sussex, looking for ‘His Majesty’ the Purple Emperor, 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.
The day will begin at our meeting point, at Shoreham Train station at 9am.
It is then a 35-minute drive to Southwater Woods. The car park is at the woodland, and we can walk for a couple of hours on flat paths through the woodland. The targets here will be White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary. However, this is also a stronghold for Purple Emperor, and we will be looking out for them here. There will be other butterfly species to look out for too, such as Ringlet and Gatekeeper as well as the common whites and browns. Dragonflies such as migrant and emperor and brown hawkers can also be seen.
We will then take a short drive to Knepp estate where we can take a comfort break and have lunch. We will walk to the Purple Emperor hide along a flat path, which can be uneven in parts. There also free roaming long horn cattle, Tamworth pigs and Konic ponies among the deer and other wildlife. We have deliberately chosen a weekday for this trip as the estate can get very busy at weekends.
The birdlife is plentiful here, but in July it will not be easy to see. The estate holds breeding white storks, nightingales. little owl and turtle doves. It should be possible to see the owl and storks. The walk here can take between three to four hours. We will then return the to Shoreham station at about 5pm.
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