Club members tackling the southern slopes

Club members tackling the southern slopes

 
The Sky Surfing club has a long association with the Country Park and  its members with their hang-gliders and paragliders are a familiar site over Butser Hill. The club operates over Southern Central England, chiefly the South Downs.
As well as the flying activity, the club helps run the annual Festival of Flight in June, and takes part in scrub bashing on the hill in Winter.
 
Brian Parkins, club rep for sites and PR

Brian Parkins, club rep for sites and PR

 
Previous blogs have highlighted the need for active management on the hill with a mixture of mechanised equipment and manpower. In the case of the Sky Surfers, they were working on one of the southern slopes close to a take off and landing site. Here the consequence of too much hawthorn near to fragile  flying canopies adds another reason to help out.  
 
Oak Eggar caterpillar

Oak Eggar caterpillar

  

The cut off date to complete the programme of scrub management is the end of February to keep well clear of the bird nesting season. The only wildlife of note last Saturday was this Oak Eggar moth caterpillar. This locally common species feeds on a variety of plants including hawthorn and ivy.
 
Club members

Club members

 
For more information about the Sky Surfing club go to www.skysurfingclub.co.uk visit the site to see great video clips of flying on Butser Hill in the snow. And finally, have a look on the Park’s Facebook to see footage of a club member flying alongside red Kites. 
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