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NEWS FEED: Conservation

On the Ground in September 2017

October 10th, 2017

Don’t forget to say hello if you spot our rangers and volunteers out working in the National Park. Here’s a taste of what they achieved in September 2017: Talked to 250 year 6-7 pupils at Avington and Bereleigh Estate about how farmers make room for rough grass strips and associated wildlife. Continued open access land […]

30 years since the Great Storm

October 9th, 2017

Not since 1703 had such a storm raged in this part of the country. Roads were blocked, buildings damaged, schools closed and 15 million trees were lost. 30 years on Bob Epsom, Woodland Officer for the South Downs National Park considers the legacy of the Great Storm of 1987. The early hours of 16 October […]

Mooooooooving cattle at the Steyning Downland Scheme

September 22nd, 2017

Written by Rebekah Smith, Assistant Ranger The Steyning Downland Scheme (SDS) is a charitable project that aims to engage the local community and young people in enhancing the natural beauty of 165 acres of the South Downs National Park for the benefit of the community, the land and its wildlife. Recently, our Ranger team based […]

Wiston Estate sets out commitment to future as part of National Park

August 16th, 2017

Plans to create ‘tranquility’ zones; regenerate a quarry into a sustainable base for tourism; do more to raise people’s awareness of their impact on each other and wildlife; create a monastic retreat and travellers’ rest; and provide services and space for local businesses are just some of the ambitions set out by the Wiston Estate […]

Pondtail Wood – works progressing under new owner

August 14th, 2017

We are pleased to report that the new owner of Pondtail Wood is working with the SDNPA, the Forestry Commission and Natural England. Works are progressing well to remove the waste and hard-core from the central/lower area of the site, in accordance with the requirements of the planning enforcement notice – this is being undertaken […]

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