Unsurprisingly, our huge population of the magnificent purple emperor has grabbed the headlines from the many other species of butterfly now found here. However, from an ecological point of view, the diversity and abundance of other species is just as spectacular.

In the Southern Block, where we have our safari base, the number of recorded butterfly species has risen from 19 to 27 since surveying began in 2012. In the Middle and Northern Blocks it has risen from 13 to 25. Species new to Knepp have been colonising at a remarkable rate, with some arriving from as far afield as the downland near Storrington.

One of the UK’s leading butterfly experts, Neil Hulme (co-author of The Butterflies of Sussex), will lead walks in search of the white admiral, silver-washed fritillary, marbled white, white-letter and purple hairstreaks, green-veined white, comma, gatekeeper, small skipper and many others. Last but not least, we should see the purple emperor on the 16 July and 23 July events. In warm years, the first emperors will be flying by 25 June.

Mid-way through the safari you’ll break for tea, coffee and homemade brownies on a tree-platform, with wonderful views of the Wildland.

This is a walking safari, at a gentle pace for about 2 ½ hours, with frequent stops for butterfly-spotting. You’ll need a moderate level of fitness and be able to cope with walking on uneven ground.

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Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund or alternative date for your safari booking. We also cannot guarantee the great British weather, or that you will see your target species. Nature is unpredictable! However we’re confident you’ll enjoy your experience with us, come rain or shine, and there’s always plenty of wildlife to see. Our safaris are suitable only for children of 12 and over.