Summer wildlife on the South Downs

Summer is a time of plenty as the downs flower en masse, butterflies are floating around and birds are nesting in the scrub and on the grasslands. Blue seas shimmer at Birling Gap as snowy white kittiwakes nest precariously on the cliff face, whilst at Slindon rare purple emperor butterflies can be spotted high amongst the trees. It's a perfect time to take a stroll and discover all the natural wonders the South Downs has to offer.

Belle Tout lighthouse viewed from went Hill

Summer time on the Seven Sisters

Summer at Birling Gap is a time of plenty as the downs flower en masse, butterflies are floating around and birds are nesting in the scrub and on the cliffs.

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

Summer wildlife at Devil's Dyke and Saddlescombe Farm

Summer is a time to relax and enjoy. The sound of skylarks fills the air and the welcome breeze is pleasantly cooling, so why not enjoy a walk here this summer

Slindon Beech woods in spring

Summertime at Slindon

Discover the wildlife of this historic wooded estate as it comes to life in the warmth of summer.

Short-eared owl perched on the ground

Wildlife at Harting Down

Explore the rich variety of downland wildlife here at Harting Down. From the open springy turf to the deep ash and yew woodlands, you're sure to spot or hear some wildlife that lives here on Harting.

A hobby showing its barred chest and long pointed wings

Wildlife in Woolbeding Countryside

Woolbeding's mix of landscapes rise from the river valley up to the heathland on the greensand ridge. They support a great diversity of wildlife; from tiny beetles to soaring birds of prey. Find out about the habitats they live in and what you can spot on your walks.

badger, sunlight

Seasonal highlights at Swan Barn Farm

There's plenty to see in every season at Swan Barn Farm. Keep your eyes peeled for changes throughout the year.

The Fieldfare, a winter migrant bird

Seasonal highlights at Black Down

Enjoy a walk over heath or through woods at any time of year on Black Down. Watch the landscape change throughout the seasons and take a look at our highlights.