Flights of fancy
Exotic butterflies and moths have been flocking to Sussex. They won't be much in evidence at this time of year, but the warm summer and autumn attracted species such as the European long-tailed blue butterfly, which doesn't usually come this far north, and rare moths such as the rosy underwing, have been spotted in recent months. Experts were particularly excited about that one as the pretty, crimson-speckled species had only been recorded in Britain 10 times until this year. So was it a one-off or will they stay? Did they choose a holiday in Sussex or have they moved in permanently? We'll have to wait and see.
In the meantime, if you want to spot a rare species you could take a walk on the wild side and go wild boar-spotting in woods near Rye. While last month's Wild Boar Week was more to do with the culinary side - the tasty treat is served at several Sussex pubs and restaurants - a couple of intrepid adventurers were offering the chance to go tracking. They did admit you'd be unlikely to see boar, but evidence included trees where they rub against, mud-baths and tracks. I'd say the sausages are easier to find!
On a slightly different note but continuing the animal theme, Sussex artist Camilla Le May, from Wadhurst East Sussex had her sculpture of Sefton unveiled last month at the Royal Veterinary College. Sefton, some of you may recall, was the brave horse that survived an IRA bomb in Hyde Park in 1982 that killed four soldiers and seven horses and he went on to live to the grand age of 30. The unveiling was due to be done by Princess Anne but her helicopter was delayed by fog - I wonder how the Queen and Prince Philip travelled to Sussex when they popped in at the end of last month? They were due to visit a fish market in Newhaven, the Harveys brewery in Lewes, a youth hostel near Alfriston and the new Keep Archive Centre in Moulsecoomb - quite a contrasting day, but one that showcases some of the variety you can enjoy when you stay in our lovely Sussex holiday cottages. Click here for a sneak preview!