Nine members gathered on top of the South Downs for a summer’s day walk to The Burgh. A ripping start came from a yellowhammer in the car park followed by a corn bunting in prolonged song a short distance down the track. A symphony of song from skylarks galore and the scratching of whitethroats were constant companions while still more yellowhammers begged for a bit of bread. Numerous swifts  and buzzards soared above. A couple of lapwings could not quite conceal themselves but the cover was more than enough to prevent views of the grey partridges that occasionally called. A probable quail flew across our path. A brown hare briefly revealed itself. Post-lunch sightings were scarce in the heat but marbled whites and cinnabar moths caught the eye. 31 species were seen.