Flower-rich chalk grassland with stunning views of the Cuckmere River
Cuckmere Valley in August
This grey green plant has tiny flowers that range in colour from pink through purple to deep red. The seeds or 'nutlet's grow up the stem in sets of four and turn dark red in autumn.
The striking black-and-white checks of the marbled white are unmistakeable. The adults can often be seen feeding on purple flowers, such as common knapweed and wild marjoram.
The pyramidal orchid has bright pinky-purple, densely packed pyramid of flowers. It can be found across the South Downs and is attractive to a range of butterflies and moths.
These frothy yellow flowers have a sweet, honey-like scent. It past times it was traditionally dried and used to stuff straw mattresses of monied ladies.
The male has brilliantly-coloured blue wings, whilst the female is a rich chocolate brown. The both have a checkerboard margin to their wings. The caterpillars feed on the delicate yellow horseshoe vetch.
The small, yellow flowers and woolly appearance of kidney vetch make this plant easy to spoy.The small flowers are mainly yellow, but can also be orange and red.
Cinnabar moth caterpillar
This striped yellow and black caterpillar can be spotted munching away on toxic ragwort plants. This in turns also makes the cateprillars toxic which is a brilliant survival technique