Summer in the woods
Trees are well and truly in leaf with some species, providing a great nectar source for butterflies and bees. The leaves create cooling shade and dappled sunlight filters through to the woodland rides. Ferns have begun unfurling their brilliantly intricate fronds and are starting to stretch out and splay in the shadier parts of the wood.
Summer holidays bug house workshops
During the summer holidays join us for a drop-in workshop making bug-homes and woodland jewellery. Everyone's welcome to join in between 1.30pm and 3pm each Tuesday. Take your bug house home and see what creatures come to visit or make some wooden jewellery inspired by nature. We're also running a drop in workshop on Saturday 18 August 11am - 3pm. All our materials are a product of conservation management in Nymans woodland, in particular sweet chestnut and hazel which is coppiced in rotation to create a more diverse structure in the woodland. This benefits many plants and insects, so your handiwork will help conserve Nymans woodland. No extra charge but donations are always appreciated.
Walking through the woods is truly a delight. Butterflies flit down the ride edges looking for nectar and potential mates. There are many different species to spot in the woods including brimstones, commas, red admirals and orange tips to name but a few. Green veined whites, so called because of the striking green veins on its wings, have been spotted breeding on site.
A first for the year which was recently spotted is the beautiful demoiselle damselflies, the only species of damselfly in Sussex that has wholly coloured wings. This species is found at Nymans in good numbers. Beautiful demoiselles like a habitat that has fast-flowing water with a stony bottom and abundant bankside vegetation, with a particular like for alder.
Summer woodland Trail
Download our summer woodland walk to see what's looking good in the woods throughout the summer months.