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Sussex Scrapbook ~ Wildlife walks throughout the year
Green Man
Saturday 11th June 2011
Amberley - The Burgh - Burpham - South Stoke - North Stoke - Amberley.
8 miles

There may be droughts in other parts of the country and we're not particularly splashing in H2O here in West Sussex, but our afternoon/evening walk was set in almost constant, lush vegetation. We had to dodge a few showers on the Downs but the late afternoon and evening were dry, clear and perfect. This halcyon day was vastly enhanced by the amount of wildlife that we were lucky enough to see, which today included; a Peregrine at Amberley Station and another at Burpham, two Red Kites at The Burgh, a Barn Owl near North Stoke and best of all, a family of Stoats living beside the railway. We watched them play and fight for ages and were amazed at the knots they seem to tie themselves in: they are so bendy! Eventually mum brought a young rabbit back to the den and they all disappeared for dinner!
Birds, animals, flowers, insects and butterflies are everywhere right now and you should be out there too! Take a good peruse at the countryside code, find out how to read a map, and then pack your bag, put your boots on and get out there!

A peep from up on the cliffs, down on Amberley Working Museum.
It looked like 'Trumpton' from up there!

The Burgh is plastered in poppies this year.

We found a very happy family of Stoats living near the railway and very close to a warren.

Mum brings home dinner from the takeaway.


South Stoke Bridge.

A Barn Owl at dusk.


Take the time to read the countryside code for yourself and please stick to it at all times.