A great and ancient downland estate
Slindon in July
Silver washed fritillary
Our largest native fritillary is named for the streaks of silver on the underside of the wings. Although seen mostly flying in sunny rides, it actually breeds in the shadier parts of woodland.
This butterfly has a distinctive delicate flight with short periods of wing beats followed by long glides. It feeds on bramble flowers in rides and clearings and lays its eggs on honeysuckle.
This magnificent butterfly flies high in the woodland canopy feeding on aphid honeydew and tree sap. The males can sometimes be seen at ground level where they probe for salts from road surfaces or from animal dung.
The metallic green-coloured is a small, fairly shy butterfly that spends most of its time perched on vegetation or sunbathing. The caterpillars feed on a variety of plants, including gorse, broom and bilberry.
Dormice are active from April to October so this is when the surveys are carried out. They are a threatened species due to losses of their habitat but they are thriving here.
The pyramidal orchid has bright pinky-purple, densely packed pyramid of flowers. It can be found across the South Downs and is attractive to a range of butterflies and moths.
Brown hares and leverets can be spotted in April. They breed between February and September and the young leverets are born fully furred with their eyes open.
The badger is our biggest land predator. It can be seen in gardens, as well as woodland, farmland and grassland. They live in large family groups in a burrow system known as a 'sett'.