NEW! Join us for a summer day out in Sussex, looking for Purple Emperor, plus other butterflies.
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.