In my photo you can see an example of local flora called Ramsons, or wild garlic (Allium ursinum) whichis in the same family as bluebells. It also grows in woodlands, but tolerates heavier, damper soils, often along stream banks. They produce a globe head of many starry white flowers and can be as spectacular as a show of bluebells. You’ll see it locally around April and May.
I took this photo on the Upper Horseshoe walk … going along a woodland path
If you are a nature lover you can take advantage of courses, talks and walks organised regularly by Sussex Wildlife Trust. They run many of their events in their headquarters at Woods Mill within a mile of Steyning.
This enterprising company offer half day trips round their estate near Dial Post. Your safari will take you to the current ‘hot spots’ of natural interest.
You’re likely to see at least some large herbivores – longhorn cattle, Exmoor ponies, Tamworth pigs, red and fallow deer – as they roam freely in large herds through the Wildland. Birds are also present in huge numbers all year round.
You will check trail cameras for our more secretive residents like foxes, badgers, hedgehogs, weasels and stoats; and stop for a species count at some of their wildlife ‘refugia’ for slow-worms, grass-snakes, toads, field-mice and voles. Spectacular tree-platforms offer panoramic views and a close-up of life in the canopy.
You can travel in an open-sided 14 seater Pinzgauers for larger groups or an open air all-terrain 5-seater Kawasaki,. Mule. Halfway through your safari they stop for coffee, tea and their popular organic homemade cake!
Steyning is just a 16 minute drive from Knepp Safaris (& within easy reach of Brighton)