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high summer in southern England

This short break takes us from rolling chalk downland to the heath, bog and woodland of Ashdown Forest, in search of wild flowers, butterflies and dragonflies.
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30th June – 5th July 2024


Michael Blencowe and Laurie Jackson



Single Room Supplement – £255


Five nights accommodation, full board. Local transport and entry fees as specified in itinerary.

Not included

Travel to Buxted. Refreshments. Gratuities. Travel insurance. Covid tests and associated costs.

Group size

Minimum 4, maximum 14.

Our base for the holiday will be the village of Buxted, ideally located in the picturesque High Weald of East Sussex.

Our explorations take us to the important heathland of Ashdown Forest, home to rare plants and insects, along with a fantastic assemblage of birds including Common Redstarts, Dartford Warblers and Woodlarks.

We will also visit the South Downs National Park, which at this time of year should be full of colour from the rich chalk grassland flora. On the coast, we visit Seaford Head, with stunning views of the iconic white cliffs of the Seven Sisters, before walking through the saltmarshes of nearby Cuckmere Haven.

During a visit to the vegetated shingle at Shoreham Beach where we will look for specialist plants including some exciting local rarities, as well as the Wall Lizards found here.

Our holiday wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Knepp Wildland, an interesting rewilding project in the heart of the county where we will find out more about the approach being used for conservation here, and experience some of the growing number of species that are calling the estate home; all during the height of Purple Emperor season.

This holiday has been designed to give us an opportunity to experience the diversity of Sussex’s habitats and look for a good range of wild flowers, birds, butterflies and other wildlife along the way.

Please note that holidays change, although sometimes only slightly, from year to year and previous trip reports may not reflect the planned itinerary, or other holiday details, for the current trip. Please ask us if you would like to know of any significant differences.

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