19th June 2010 – Rare Butterfly in Bredhurst

Viewers of BBC Springwatch may have seen the recent programme from the South Downs explaining that chalk grassland is a habitat as rare and as threatened as tropical rain forests. We are fortunate that Bredhurst Woods is surrounded by superb chalk grassland which is extremely rich in plant and wildlife. A variety of orchids including Bee, Lady, Fragrant, Pyramidal, Greater Butterfly and Fly have been identified. During a wildlife survey in June, we also recorded the presence of the Adonis Blue butterfly, the rarest of the downland blue butterflies and an excellent find.