Summer wildlife at Saddlescombe Farm

The purple blue of a spiky round headed rampion flower on a chalk grassland hillside, a Sussex speciality that is abundant in July

With each changing month comes the promise of new plants and animals to Saddlescombe. At the beginning and end of the year, when it's too cold for many of our visiting species, you can always spot a resident bird of prey or even a woodpecker, but come the warmer months you'll find a bounty of colour and activity awaiting your visit.

July

This month sees Newtimber grasslands at their most colourful. Blues, pinks, yellows, whites and reds - every hue is covered. Look out for the Sussex speciality flower - the round-headed rampion. It's simply beautiful.

A delicate silver spotted skipper butterfly suns itself on a leaf
A delicate and rare silver spotted skipper butterfly suns itself on a leaf
A delicate silver spotted skipper butterfly suns itself on a leaf

August

The west-facing slopes come alive with over 20 species of butterfly on the wing. The silver spotted skipper, once a rare little butterfly, can now be seen in profusion on the west-facing slopes. Its characteristic skipping from flower to flower is unmistakable.

If you see anything fantastic at Saddlescombe Farm, we would love you to contact us. Or if you have any great photos please send them in to us.