Thursday, 21 July 2016

Chalk Grassland workshop

Steyning Downland
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
Dexter Cattle grazing

Meadow Brown with Cinnabar larvae on Ragwort
Satin Grass-veneer, Crambus perlella f. warringtonellus
Six-spot Burnet pupa, Zygaena filipendulae
Six-spot Burnet
Small Scabious, Scabiosa columbaria
Vervain, Verbena officinalis

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