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NEWS FEED: Conservation

Space Week

October 10th, 2016

Just because the evenings are drawing in you don’t have to spend them indoors. Darker skies and crisp evenings make autumn a great time to wrap up for stargazing in the UK’s newest International Dark Skies Reserve. Whether you want to head for heathland or set up camp on the coast, be inspired by our […]

Improving the health of our rivers

September 23rd, 2016

World Rivers Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in September. What better time to celebrate the end of a major project to improve two South Downs rivers, the Arun and the Rother. The River Rother runs west to east through the South Downs National Park joining the river Arun near Pulborough, wich then runs […]

World Water Monitoring Day

September 13th, 2016

To celebrate World Water Monitoring Day, volunteer Ron Wilder shares his experience working on the Riverfly Monitoring Initiative. “I’ve been involved with the Riverfly Monitoring Initiative [RMI] for 3 years now; I was attracted to the project from both my South Downs Volunteer Ranger conservation work with water voles and my passion for fly-fishing. So […]

History on the Heath

September 6th, 2016

Petersfield Heath was invaded last weekend by a host of colourful characters who brought the history of our lowland heath to life through our Secrets of the Heath event. Visitors to the two day event learnt that heathland only exists because of human activity which started back in stone age times when flint implements aided […]

Hairy mallow in the South Downs National Park

September 2nd, 2016

Written by Dr Patrick Austin, Environment Officer, South East Water The South Downs National Park is home to a wide range of rare species. These include insects like the wart-biter cricket and the Duke of Burgundy butterfly, but also a number of rare plants including the Nationally Rare hairy (or rough) mallow (Althaea hirsuta). It […]

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