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Summer Holiday Activities

July 25th, 2017

Keeping the kids busy and entertained during the school holidays is a perennial problem for parents but if you are anywhere near the South Downs National Park this summer there’s no excuse to be bored and it shouldn’t break the bank either. Here’s some ideas for fun and interesting  activities: 1. Big Butterfly Count If […]

Butterfly surveying in the South Downs National Park

July 21st, 2017

Written by Charlotte Wray, Assistant Ranger What better way to spend a hot July day than walking through beautiful chalk grassland surveying butterflies?! This is how South Downs Volunteer Ranger Service member John Walton and I spent last Thursday. In the Western end of the South Downs we carry out three butterfly surveys throughout the […]

Three Neighbourhood Plans submitted for pre-submission consultation

July 20th, 2017

Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans, Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders. These tools provide the perfect opportunity for communities to take a more active approach to shaping their environment and […]

Jane Austen 200; A life in Hampshire

July 18th, 2017

Jane Austen, one of England’s most famous authors, spent most of her life in the historic and beautiful county of Hampshire, in the South Downs National Park. Its houses, countryside and people provided the inspiration for many of her novels and this year marks the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death. From 1809 until 1817 Jane […]

Volunteers help return ‘The Devil’s Humps’ to their former glory at Kingley Vale

July 14th, 2017

Written by Steve Walker, Kingley Vale NNR Reserve Manager For those visitors who make it to the top of Bow Hill at Kingley Vale Nature Reserve, it is hard not to be awestruck by the sight of the four bronze age tumuli running along the plateau. These mounds, also known as The Devil’s Humps (or […]

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