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Jun 13, 2024 | Open Walks

2 Grizzled Skippers

Date: Sun 4 August
Start: Graffham
Start Time: 10.30
Distance: approx 4 miles
Terrain: One slow, steep climb then flat/down

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This walk will be led by Fiona Scully. Fiona is the South Downs Landscape Officer for the charity Butterfly Conservation. In this role she looks after Magdalen Hill Down and Yew Hill nature reserves near Winchester. Outside of work, Fiona is a keen walker and spends much time around the Downs of West Sussex. This walk combines her local knowledge of the Graffham Trust Reserves with her expertise in all things to do with butterflies.

The walk is just a short one. However, what it lacks in distance will be more than made up for in terms of information and, hopefully, sightings of butterflies. The Graffham Reserves comprise several different ‘pockets’ on top of the Downs. These are a patchwork of scrub, woodland and chalk grassland. This is an ideal patchwork for wildlife, so expect to also see birds and wildflowers on our walk.

The walk is starting a little later than normal. This is because butterflies like a bit of warmth before they take to the wing. With the later start we advise you to bring some lunch.

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Rural Strides

Rural Strides is passionate about the history and cultural landscape of the Western Weald. Through engaging walks, which interpret the land and share local stories, we seek to connect people to the beauty of the area as well as the inspiring businesses that we partner. We hope you will find a Rural Strides walk an authentic and memorable experience, that will leave you feeling like a local!

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