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Sussex Scrapbook ~ Nature walks throughout the year
Green Man
Saturday 3rd May 2008
Cuckfield - Bolney - Warninglid - Nuthurst - Sedgwick Park - Denne Park - Horsham
16 miles

We started this walk from the church in the Independent State of Cuckfield and as Gill was born in the town we didn't need to worry about getting any visas. We had a very long walk planned for today and the weather was almost perfect although it was very hot. I made the mistake of forgetting my hat, so I was completely worn out by the time we reached Horsham and may have got a touch of the sun!
For most of the journey we were on the High Weald Landscape Trail, which we can thoroughly recommend as a great way to see Sussex. The path wove itself through bluebell woods, farmland and parkland, over streams and between lakes, and also through a fair bit of mud.
There were a lot more insects on the wing this week than there were last week, with plenty of Orange Tip, Peacock, Large White and Speckled Wood butterflies. Lots more bees and hoverflies too. Sussex has had its swifts return this week, so the insect life is bang on time to feed them up after their long journey from Africa. One of the highlights today was to see a pair of nightingales, with the male singing beautifully and the female collecting nesting material.

A feature in Cuckfield Church

Part of the Victorian  ceiling of Holy Trinity Church Cuckfield that was restored in 2002

A glimpse of a feature in Cuckfield park

Lydhurst Estate likes to keep things British

The bluebells are still out in force too. The hot sun really made their perfume pungent.

Speckled Wood butterfly