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Walks and Talks - Nature Walks

posted 26 Jan 2017, 07:33 by Sue Bamblett   [ updated 23 Apr 2017, 02:02 ]

Professor Challenger challenges YOU to undertake a guided nature walk.

“You are in a land which offers such an inducement to the ambitious naturalist as none ever has since the world began, and you suggest leaving it before we have acquired more than the most superficial knowledge of it or of its contents. I expected better things of you.”

(Extract from The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle)

Exploring Eridge Rocks with Michael Blencowe (free event)

Thursday 4th May Time: 2.30 - 5.00 pm
From the A26 turn into Warren Farm Lane (entrance next to small church). Continue up track to a small car park.
Pre-book online in advance

This ancient woodland with towering sandstone rocks looks like a scene from the Lost World. Join Michael Blencowe from the Sussex Wildlife Trust on a wildlife walk around Eridge Rocks; a nature reserve rich in wildlife and atmosphere.

…we were within seven miles from an enormous line of ruddy cliffs, which encircled, beyond all doubt, the plateau of which Professor Challenger spoke. Their height, as we approached them, seemed to me in some places to be greater than he had stated – running up in parts to at least a thousand feet – and they were curiously striated, in a manner which is, I believe, characteristic of basaltic upheavals…. The crags above us were not merely perpendicular, but curved outwards at the top, so that ascent was out of the question… we determined that our best course was to continue to coast around the plateau in the hope of finding some other means of reaching the top.

(Extract from The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle)

Guided walks through Crowborough Country Park with Martin Alison

This walk is offered on: Wednesday 10th May 07.30, Saturday 13th May 07.00 and Tuesday 16th May 07.00 (walk is approx. two hours)
Meet in Country Park Car Park 
Pre-book online in advance

Crowborough Country Park is a sixteen acre local nature reserve. It’s the perfect place for a peaceful walk or a family picnic. An undulating circular stone track meanders through the site amongst tall trees, ponds and a picnic area. The deep rocky gorge is a main feature of the site.

A diverse mosaic of habitats are present in the park including dry and wet woodland, remnant ancient coppice, wet marshy areas, streams, grassy and heathy glades, ponds, rock outcrops & slippages. The main stream on site runs through a steep rocky gorge before flowing through areas of ancient hazel and ash coppice and there is also a carpet of bluebells in the spring. These habitats form homes for a wide variety of flora and fauna including the nationally rare moss Discelium nudum.

Listen to bird song and identify birds as you stroll through the park guided by Martin Allison a local naturalist, who for many years worked for the RSPB and was instrumental in the purchase and restoration of the RSPB’s Broadwater Warren reserve.

Wildlife Walk at Old Lodge Ashdown Forest with Michael Blencowe (free event)

Wednesday 10th May Time: 10.30 am - 12.30 pm
Meet in the Old Lodge car park off the B2026 north of Duddleswell (nearest postcode TN22 3JD) 
Pre-book online in advance

Join Michael Blencowe of Sussex Wildlife Trust on a circular walk as we search for butterflies, birds and other wildlife at the Trust’s heathland reserve on Ashdown Forest.

An enormous three-toed track was imprinted in the soft mud before us. The creature, whatever it was, had crossed the swamp and had passed on into the forest. We all stopped to examine that monstrous spoor. If it were indeed a bird – and what animal could leave such a mark? – its foot was so much larger than an ostrich’s that its height upon the same scale must be enormous.

(Extract from The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle)