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April 25th, 2016

The woodland of the South Downs have been flooded with seas of bluebells this year, delighting everyone with their wild beauty and sweet scent. In folklore, bluebells are known as the ‘fairy flowers’ or ‘fairy thimbles’, because fairies believed to use the flowers to trap small children. And if you can successfully turn a bluebell […]

Responses to Local Plan Consultation

April 22nd, 2016

The National Park Authority published the South Downs Local Plan: Preferred Options for public consultation in September and October last year. In total, 400 stakeholders responded to the consultation and made over 2,600 individual comments. Many thanks to everyone who got involved. We have now published a summary of the main issues raised. We have […]

Stained glass window inspired by the South Downs

April 19th, 2016

The beauty of the South Downs has been uniquely captured in a new fused glass window unveiled at Droxford Junior School last week. Every child in the school had the opportunity to create a part of the ambitious window project dreamt up by their headmaster, Matthew Dampier. The school sits in a particularly beautiful part […]

250 years since the first butterfly record in Hampshire

April 19th, 2016

Spotting the first butterfly of the year is an uplifting experience as their colourful appearance heralds the start of warmer weather and new life, with birds nesting and flowers beginning to bloom. This year we are celebrating 250 years since the first butterfly record in Hampshire – Andy Barker from the Butterfly Conservation Trust tells […]

Research proves that South Downs cyclists, horse riders and walkers are all just people

April 18th, 2016

New research carried out on the human ecosystem of England’s newest national park proves decisively that walkers, cyclists and horse riders in the South Downs are really just all people. Using the latest scientific techniques cyclists were tested for their ability to walk unaided, while hikers were placed on horseback and horse riders persuaded to […]

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