Video: Lewes pupils get to grips with nature with a walk on the downs

Michael Blencowe, community wildlife officer for the Sussex Wildlife Trust, led students from South Malling CE up onto Malling Down to look for butterflies last Wednesday, May 22.

He took all the children from the Mountfield Road school up in four separate groups, totalling around 200 children.

Malling school look for butterflies on Malling Down

Malling school look for butterflies on Malling Down

Unfortunately, due to the cold weather, no butterflies were to be found, but luckily the pupils still found a plesant surprise.

Mr Blencowe spotted the eggs of an Orange-Tip butterfly and the students all brought out their magnifying glasses to get a closer look.

After this sighting, the children went up to the top of the Downs.

There they were able to look at their town from a different angle and point out to each other their homes, the school and the Tesco building.

Mr Blencowe, the “Lewes Personality of the Year”, taught the pupils about the sheep in the fields and the way the Sussex Wildlife Trust manages them.

The students also saw buzzards, kestrels and even a nest of baby tits during their trip to explore the local wildlife.