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.
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.