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NEWS FEED: Conservation

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 […]

Barn owl chicks weighed & ringed

July 4th, 2018

There must have been a plentiful supply of mice and voles this June because our web cam barn owls have been able to keep all five of their chicks alive into July! The chicks hatched between 25 May and 4 June 2018 and with the youngest chick now almost a month old we were lucky […]

Heathland area the size of 70 football pitches conserved

June 28th, 2018

An area of heathland the size of 70 football pitches (50 ha) has been conserved over the past year through the Heathlands Reunited project –  a partnership of 11 organisations in the South Downs National Park working together to create bigger, better, more joined up heathlands. The five-year project which started in 2016 covers 34 […]

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