#sussex #outdoors #retreat #naturesbeauty
I’ve just seen a newt. My first wild one. It’s tiny and delicate looking, much smaller than I would’ve thought, about 10cm long and pretty drab-coloured. It’s swimming about on top of the water in the pond at the bottom of Vert Woods.
I think it’s pretty special but Stewart is more excited about the blue and red damselflies that are mating on the wing in the sunlight at the edges of the water. “It’s busy isn’t it,” he says, implying that this doesn’t happen all the time. It must be unusual because as the site director, he is in these woods a lot.
“Anyway,” he says, in between taking pics of the flies, “there aren’t many newts here because the adders usually get them.”
On a recce to find the right venue for our coastal foraging session, with Mike the Forager.
Looks like it'll be near Seaford in Sussex.
While we're out looking, we nibble on sea blight, sea purslane, and the very yummy sea kale flowers.
#foraging #cuckmerehaven #coastal #sussex #wildfood #natureisamazing
Nigel Berman is the founder of School of the Wild.