Neil Hulme is a well-known butterfly enthusiast and conservationist. He is employed part-time by Butterfly Conservation, a charity dedicated to "saving butterflies, moths and our environment", but provides guiding and butterfly monitoring services at Knepp in his spare time.
He works closely with the South Downs National Park Authority and Sussex landowners in improving our woods, meadows and downs for the benefit of butterflies and other wildlife. His moleskin trousers and boots are famous for their ability to lure the Purple Emperor down from the tree-tops.
"Knepp is a magical place. Where else can you hear the nightingale, cuckoo and turtle dove at the same time? The Wildland Project has restored the soundtrack of my youth and increasingly provides a sense that the clock has gone backwards, to an earlier period when our countryside was richer in wildlife. Knepp can also provide a feeling of optimism; it just gets better, year after year."