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NEWS FEED: Conservation

Lynchmere Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan

April 29th, 2016

The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) has prepared a new Character Appraisal and Management Plan for Lynchmere Conservation Area. These documents periodically review the continued need and purpose of conservation area designation, are recommended in Government guidance and have proved useful tools for effective development management. The new appraisal proposes extensions to take in […]

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 […]

National Nest Box Week

February 12th, 2016

National Nest Box Week takes place each year from 14 to 21 February to encourage more people to put up nest boxes in their local area. For the past two years South Downs National Park rangers have been working with local farmers and ecologists on ‘Project BOB’ – installing new barn owl boxes and monitoring existing boxes […]

Dark Skies application submitted!

January 29th, 2016

Our Ranger Dark-skies-Dan and his group of dedicated volunteers have spent the past three years mapping out the quality of night skies across the National Park. He’s also attended countless parish, town and county council meetings to develop policies that will help protect our skies. All of this in preparation for our bid to get […]

On the twelfth day of South Downs Christmas…

December 24th, 2015

On the twelfth and final day of our South Downs Christmas, look who’s drumming for us. The wart-biter cricket! The wart-biter cricket gets its name from the 18th century Swedish practice of using them to gnaw off warts. It was able to do this thanks to its strong mouth parts – yuck! The cricket ‘sings’ by rubbing […]

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