Butterfly walks in Sussex

A butterfly dancing from blossom to flower in a garden or meadow is always a cheerful sight, so why not enjoy a stroll in the sunshine at one of our best butterfly spots on the Sussex South Downs. Across historic hillsides and renowned chalk and downland sites, we hope that summer at our places will become even more fluttery as our habitat conservation work continues.

Butterfly in the garden in the summer at Monk's House, East Sussex
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Devil's Dyke butterfly walk 

This mile long walk over chalk grassland is overflowing with butterflies, moths and drifts of grassland flowers. Spot the Adonis blue, chalkhill blue and green hairstreak with smaller populations of brown argus, dark-green fritillary and silver-spotted skippers.

A dark green fritillary butterfly warms its wings on a thistle
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Cissbury Ring butterfly walk 

Explore the most historic hill on the South Downs and one of the very best butterfly sites in Sussex. Track down bright, beutiful Adonis and chalkhill blues, dark-green fritillaries and marbled whites, as well as the occacsional brown hairstreak.

A rare Duke of Burgundy butterfly at Harting Down
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Harting Down wildlife walk 

One of the largest areas of ancient chalk downland in our care, Harting Down is a renowned nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. Follow this 4 mile trail and search for the rare Duke of Burgundy butterfly in early summer.

A black and white checkered marbled white butterfly rests on a flowerhead
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Walk on Fulking 

Explore a famous beauty spot on the South Downs on this moderate circular walk. Start and finish at the Shepherd and Dog pub, and in between refreshments you can explore banks of chalk grassland teaming with flowers and butterflies.

A male dark green fritillary butterfly suns itself on a child’s hand
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Newtimber Hill butterfly walk 

A refreshing walk along the crest of the South Downs around one of our best areas for butterflies and wild flowers. Discover Adonis and chalkhill blues, dark-green fritillaries and the silver-spotted skipper.

Common Blue Butterfly

Wildlife on Drovers Estate 

Enjoy all the landscapes of the Downs together in one magical place. Find your way to Hat Hill, a very special area of chalk downland that has never been ploughed, cultivated or grazed and so is rich in wild flowers and insects. In the height of summer look out for blue butterflies, skippers and marbled whites.

Two cartoon dogs from South Downs Take the Lead video

Take the Lead: Canine Confessions 

We ask for the support of dog owners in keeping your pets under close control around livestock. If you are unsure as to whether your dog will chase livestock then please keep them on a lead. We recommend following the guidance in this series of useful videos, called Canine Confessions, produced by the South Downs National Park.