Firle Beacon could be called the Pride of Sussex, but in fact that epithet belongs to the Round-Headed Rampion, which is its county flower. Just a small flower on a thin stem, about the size of a harebell, it forms the shape of a crown 'befitting the King of Sussex'.
The plant is found from Dorset to Kent, but there are few at either end of the range, with most being found on the South Downs, such as here in the slopes and top of Mount Caburn near Lewes.
Among the downland plants growing there were a good number of Dropwort, again more frequently than on the North Downs.
En route, the usual stop at Pett pools showed three Avocets and four Little Egrets, but these were ignored (if you can ignore the noisy Avocets) in favour of a small wader that had us scratching our heads.