This years AGM will be held in the Church Hal,l Norwich Drive at 7.30 pm Tuesday 25th Feb. Everyone welcome to attend.
Portslade Green Gym volunteers did a splendid job clearing bramble and small hawthorn scrub from a section of the sheep enclosure. We were very lucky to have a gloriously sunny morning.
The sheep will be coming to graze the area in February so there will be less bramble for them to get caught up in, and they will be able to nibble down the coarse grasses to help improve the diversity of the site.
A day which started with damp and mist and a forecast of rain by lunchtime did not seem very promising for our annual celebratory bonfire but after a flurry of phone calls we decided to go ahead. The weather did as promised and rained but we still managed to have a good time. The bonfire roared beautifully despite the soggyness and kept us all warm and cheerful and people had bought lovely food to share and the hiss of the rain in the frying pan with the sausages all added to the atmosphere. We were all pretty wet by the time the food was cooked and eaten but it was a pleasure to spend time with the sixteen or so people who could come out today. We all love this bit of chalk grassland and work in different ways through the seasons to try and ensure that it will stay rich in wildlife, both for it’s own sake and for the pleasure it gives to the many people who spend time in it.
With the very late and cold spring everything has been late developing this year. The Adonins Blue butterflies are at last flying when we get some sunshine, also Common Blues, Small Blues, Small Heath and Small Copper butterflies. Some of the early butterflies such as Orange Tips and Dingy and Grizzled Skippers are still around in June.