Wreath DIY at Saddlescombe

Christmas Wreaths National Trust 2015
Create your own Christmas wreath with materials collected from the downs. Take a festive walk and collect your holly and ivy. Return to historic Saddlescombe farm to make your very own Christmas decorations in front of log burning stoves. Mulled apple juice, mince pies and roast chestnuts will be included.

Ten sessions available: 17th–21st December 2018, from 10:00am–12:00 noon or 1:00pm–3:00pm. Booking essential: one session has already sold out.

Mycology on Wolstonbury Hill

Mushrooms at night
Friday 26th October 2018 from 9:30 to 15:00. The order of the day: 9:30am meet at Saddlescombe; 10:00am go out hunting for fungi in Wolstonbury woods and across open downland; 12:00 noon lunch, with glorious views across Sussex; 2:00pm return to Saddlescombe Farm for a cup of tea and cake in the new heated barn; 2:15pm go through our finds with expert mycologist Martin Allison and look at some of the more interesting species under the microscope; 3:00pm finish. Booking essential.

Fungal Foray

The Devil's Dyke fungi hunt - part 1
Join mycologist Martin Allinson for a day of recording as many species of fungi as possible across Newtimber Hill on Friday 19th October from 9:30am to 3:00pm. Wear suitable clothing and bring lunch. Tea and cake will be served upon return to Saddlescombe. Supervised children are welcome. Booking essential. Click the image for more information.

Leptodon smithii at Perching Hill

Leptodon smithii
Sue Rubinstein writes:

Walking towards the old lime kiln near Fulking in much wetter conditions last September I stopped in a cow-trampled clearing to check the epiphytes on the surrounding trees. One horizontal Ash trunk over a particularly muddy slope seasoned with cow pats was coated in vivid green Leptodon smithii, bright and feathery after heavy rain.

I think this patch at the bottom of Perching Hill near Fulking is the largest I have seen. A nearby more vertical Ash tree had a small area along with abundant Neckera complanata. Radula complanata, Syntrichia papillosa and Cololejeunea minutissima were all present in small quantities. Other Ash trees around the clearing, even the really ancient ones were dominated by more common epiphytes.

Woods Mill Walks

Woods Mill summer morning

Summer Butterflies and Dragonflies
Wednesday, 20th June 2018 2:00pm–4:00pm
Midsummer at Woods Mill
Thursday, 21st June 2018 6:30pm–8:30pm
Summer Bird Walk
Wednesday, 27th June 2018 3:00pm–4:30pm
Weekend Wildlife Walk
Saturday, 30th June 2018 10:00am–11:30am
Weekend Wildlife Walk
Saturday, 30th June 2018 2:00pm–3:30pm

Meet at the noticeboard by the bridge. Free events. No booking required, just turn up. If you need more information, you can contact James Duncan.