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Top Ten National Trust Butterfly Walks

Posted 14 June 2011 by Andrew Gardner


Three of the Top 10 Butterfly walks in England recently featured by the National Trust are in the south east. Two are on the South Downs while the third at Selborne in Hampshire is within the Western Weald area of the South Downs National Park.

For an enjoyable day out walking, here they are;

Cissbury Ring, South Downs, West Sussex

This Iron Age chalk hill-fort overlooks 78 miles of coastline and is steeped in history. Along the moderately steep one mile walk you might spot the Adonis Blue and Chalkhill Blue amongst the horseshoe vetch, the elusive Brown Hairstreak and the bumbling Dark-green

Newtimber Hill, South Downs, West Sussex

A longer walk on the moderate slope of chalk grassland surrounding Saddlescombe Farm. Newtimber Hill is home to some of the best chalk grassland in the country where you can see wonderful displays of downland flowers, insects and a 10,000-year-old ancient woodland. Resident butterflies include the Adonis Blue and Silver-spotted Skipper skimming the short turf

Selborne Common, Hampshire

A muddy steep trudge along the 1.5 mile walk through this fine example of ancient wood pasture is well worth it. The woodland glades provide feeding grounds for many butterflies, including the Brown Hairstreak found lurking around Ash trees, the Purple Emperor (above) high up in the canopies, the Silver-washed Fritillary underneath the oak trees and the honeysuckle-loving White Admiral


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