Culver reaches West Sussex

Culver has continued his flight west through the Sussex countryside and the latest data shows that he was perched on the edge of a field 2 km north of Burgess Hill at 18:20 this evening after a day’s flight of around 70 km.

Having roosted 8km north of Bexhill last night and then made a few local movements during the morning, Culver set off in earnest at 11:10. He initially headed south-west towards Beachy Head, but then changed track as he approached Eastbourne, turning north-west.   At 12:30 he passed over Arlington Reservoir at an altitude of just 70m, but didn’t linger there. Instead he continued north-west, reaching altitudes of close to 650 metres.

Culver passed over Arlington Reservoir at 12:30 before quickly gaining altitude

At 14:30 he flew low over Barcombe Reservoir, before again gaining altitude, up to a maximum of 876 metres. By 15:52 he was just south of Haywards Heath and this prompted a shift in track to the west. He flew for another 4 km before seemingly landing on a pylon in the middle of an arable field. He then remained in the vicinity until the final data point of this batch at 18:20.

Culver flew approximately 70 km through Sussex today

Culver is now just 15 km east of the Knepp Estate in West Sussex, home of the famous rewinding project. It will be fascinating to see if he pays a visit. Or perhaps he will be seen at RSPB Pulborough Brooks, a further 10 km further on? Check back tomorrow evening to find out.

Culver is now just 15 km west of the Knepp Estate in West Sussex and may also pass over Pulborough Brooks tomorrow if he continues west.

Culver’s flight 29th August – 3rd September