Last night we hosted our first scheduled walk of the year form the Secret Campsite. The walk was organised by Sussex Wildlife Trust and led by Michael Blencowe.
The walk started with a tour of the secret campsite looking for snakes, slow worms and toads.
After a thorough exploration of the camping meadow we headed off south along the dismantled blubell railway to local woodland. Knowlands Wood is owned and managed by Nick Lear a local wildlife enthusiast. Nick manages the woodland to create a diverse range of habitats for woodland and woodland clearing species. Its presence helps boost the amount of wildlife around the campsite which our campers love.
Most of the woodland is coppiced with open rides which are filled with butterflies during the spring and summer. Other areas become dark and mysterious as the canopy closes over. This coincides with the end of flowering for the carpet of bluebells and wood anenomes. This happens at some pont in early May.
We were hoping to see, or at least hear, one of the 7 male nightingales that has been heard singing along the railway track that bisects the secret campsite. But, not a peep was heard of the nightingales amazing varied song. If you’d like to know what this song sounds like, have a listen here. It has a huge range of pitch and melody.
Despite an injury to one of the attendees on the walk and a recovery job completed using one of our excellent Haemmerlin wheelbarrows the evening was a success.
This was signed off witha very successful bat walk around the house next door where we were treated to a number of different bats leaving their roosts in the house walls and eaves.
After the bat walk everyone reconvened outside the secret campsites reception where we all enjoyed a barbecue and discussed the wildlife around the campsite.
Sadly no one saw or heard a nightingale.