Saturday 18 April 2015
Week 45: Castle Hill Nature Reserve
Up on the clifftop above Newhaven is the Castle Hill (Local) Nature Reserve. Not to be confused with the Castle Hill (National) Nature Reserve a few miles away, north of Woodingdean between Brighton and Lewes. (Must have been a lot of Castle's in the area at one time.)
This was the first time I've worked up there with the South Downs volunteers and despite living only a little further along the coast hadn't been there before at all. The sun was shining but a cold wind kept the temperatures down.
A variety of tasks - starting with cleaning and painting the sign posts along the track up to the coastguard lookout tower. Replacing the 'green' flag with a newer, cleaner one. Checking out the reptiles on the reserve (nowhere to be seen) and then weeding and cleaning out one of the gun emplacements.