Summer wildlife at Saddlescombe Farm
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.
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.
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.