Yesterday I attended a Chalk Grassland workshop at Steyning led by Sarah Quantrill and Petra Billings. A very informative day was concluded with a tour of the Steyning Downland Scheme. We are looking forward to another good emergence of Brown Hairstreaks in the fenced area and were told about the work done to prepare habitat for the Duke of Burgundy when it arrives. There were plenty of Six-spot Burnets and their pupae, Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers, Cinnabar larvae on the ragwort, Small Skippers, Commas, Red Admirals, a Satin Grass-veneer and the first Chalkhill Blue I have seen on the site. There were Dexter cattle on both areas, doing an excellent job of browsing and grazing.
|Chalk Grassland Workshop|
|Dexter Cattle grazing|
|Meadow Brown with Cinnabar larvae on Ragwort|
|Satin Grass-veneer, Crambus perlella f. warringtonellus|
|Six-spot Burnet pupa, Zygaena filipendulae|
|Small Scabious, Scabiosa columbaria|
|Vervain, Verbena officinalis|