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Otter returns to upper Rother River

September 23rd, 2015

The first confirmed evidence of an otter on the upper Rother River in Hampshire since 2001 has been captured on film as part of work to boost local wildlife in the South Downs National Park. A camera trap, set up on the river was put in place to monitor whether invasive species American mink, which […]

Tuck in to British Food Fortnight in the South Downs

September 18th, 2015

Discover the flavour of the South Downs with competitions and special offers to mark British Food Fortnight from 19 September to 4 October. Tying in with the harvest festival, British Food Fortnight is the biggest annual, national celebration of our country’s food and drink. It’s a chance for farmers, producers and sellers to shout about the […]

Snap up great prizes for quirky South Downs photos

September 7th, 2015

A first prize of £250 is on offer for the best photo showing the South Downs National Park from a different perspective. Nick Heasman, Western Area Manager for the South Downs National Park Authority and competition judge, said: “It’s amazing how the same place can feel so different depending on how you look at it, […]

Business rates key to Hampshire & Isle of Wight devolution bid

September 4th, 2015

A bold bid to retain all business rates could make Hampshire and Isle of Wight the master of its own destiny. The proposal is included in a prospectus submitted to central government on behalf of 15 councils, two local enterprise partnerships and two national park authorities. Should it be successful, the ambitious nature of the […]

National Park seeks views on future of South Downs

September 2nd, 2015

New policies that set the course for development across one of the largest and most beautiful planning authority areas in the country are being opened up for comment from 2 September 2015. The Local Plan for the South Downs National Park – which covers large parts of Hampshire, East and West Sussex – takes the […]

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