The highest point in the South Downs National Park
Black Down in May
The easiest way to find the nocturnal and well-camouflaged nightjar is to listen out for its distinctive 'churring' call at dusk. The nightjar is most easily spotted at dusk when the males can be seen displaying to females.
This dove-sized blue grey bird has a characteristic call that heralds spring. This so called 'nest parasite' lays its eggs in the nests of other birds leaving them to raise its young.
Green veined white
This common butterfly of hedgerows and woodlands is similar to other white butterflies, but has prominent green stripes on the undersides of its wings. The most common foodplant of the caterpillars is cuckooflower.
They winter in Africa, leaving our shores in early October and heading as far as South Africa. Males whitethroats build nests out of twigs and roots and the females then decide which to take.
The metallic green-coloured is a small, fairly shy butterfly that spends most of its time perched on vegetation or sunbathing. The caterpillars feed on a variety of plants, including gorse, broom and bilberry.
Snakes in the grass
The green and yellow grass snake is our longest snake and can be found across many habitats. During the summer they can be spotted basking in the sun near water.
The common lizard is unusual among reptiles as it incubates its eggs inside its body and 'gives birth' to live young rather than laying eggs. Watch out for one basking in the sun from April.
The adder is easily recognised by a dark 'zig-zag' stripe along its back. It hunts lizards, small mammals & ground-nesting birds. It prefers woodland, heathland and moorland habitats.
The secretive woodlark can be hard to spot. It nests on the ground on our southern heathlands and uses scattered trees and woodland edges for lookout posts
The sand lizard is one of the UK's rarest reptiles. It favours sandy heathland habitats and sand dunes, and can be spotted basking on bare patches of sand.