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NEWS FEED: Conservation

Count butterflies in the South Downs

July 20th, 2018

The Big Butterfly Count needs your help with its annual survey of the nation’s butterflies. Words by South Downs Ranger, Tim Squire Spend fifteen minutes sitting in the sun and, while you are there, count some butterflies. What an easy way to help some of the National Park’s most iconic species. Don’t take my word […]

A day in the life of a South Downs ranger

July 5th, 2018

World Ranger Day on 31 July is an annual celebration of the work that rangers do across the globe. To mark the occasion Charlotte Wray, Assistant Ranger, shares a day in her life. No two days are the same, just as no two rangers are the same – the diversity of the job keeps us […]

Community Heroes: Meon Valley Archaeological Heritage Group

July 5th, 2018

You could travel along the A32 at Exton a hundred times and still have no idea that you’d passed through the centre of an archaeological treasure but, thanks to the Meon Valley Archaeological Heritage Group, we now know a lot more about life here 2,000 years ago. The remains of a hall found on one […]

How to make a meadow

July 5th, 2018

Four years ago, South Downs Way ranger Ben Bessant and National Park ranger Jan Knowlson set themselves the challenge of turning a large patch of nettles into a wildflower meadow. For National Meadows Day, on 7 July, Jan tells us about their work. Words by Jan Knowlson We have lost 97 per cent of our […]

On the ground in June 2018

July 5th, 2018

From meeting with farmers, offering training and support to local communities, leading walks, organising and training volunteers, controlling invasive species and supporting key species, South Downs National Park Rangers are out in the National Park every weekday and many weekends over the year. Don’t forget to say hello if you spot them out working. Here’s […]

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