About the project
Bigger. Better. Joined up
Eleven organisations led by the South Downs National Park Authority have joined forces to expand and connect the existing 1% of heathland left in the national park.
The heaths have separated into ‘islands’ where isolated plants and animals are far more vulnerable to local extinction. This habitat is home to some of Britain’s rarest wildlife including all twelve of our native reptiles and amphibians.
The project is funded by partner contributions and a £1.44 Million Heritage Lottery Fund grant. The total project value is £2.37 million. This will aid heathland management which includes bare ground creation (60% of heathland insects rely on bare ground during some stage of their life cycle) and scrub removal. This will create wildlife corridors forming an area of heathland greater than 1,200 football pitches by the end of the five year project.
As well as all of this, there are a series of educational events and activities that are taking place across the project area. Find out more and book onto an event. There are also lots of other ways that you can help the heaths through volunteering with the project.
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The project will run across 5 years, working on 41 sites with 11 partners:
- South Downs National Park Authority
- National Trust
- Sussex Wildlife Trust
- Hampshire and Isle of White Wildlife Trust
- Ministry Of Defence
- Hampshire County Council
- Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust
- Lynchmere Society
- Forestry Commission
- Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
- Natural England