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Last chance to win £250 in our photo competition

October 12th, 2018

The South Downs National Park photo competition has a first prize of £250 on offer to the amateur or professional photographer who best captures this year’s theme of ‘Perfectly Seasoned’. But hurry, entries close on 19 September 2018. We asked our judges: Steve Watkins, editor of Outdoor Photography magazine; and award-winning photographers Rachael Talibart and Finn […]

Nature is good for your health

October 10th, 2018

From royal princes to sporting legends and celebrities, it’s been hard to miss recent coverage on the importance of facing up to our mental health. We spoke to Dr William Bird from Intelligent Health about the role the National Park could play in tackling health and wellbeing. In the early 1990s, as a new GP, […]

Volunteer with Heathlands Reunited

September 5th, 2018

Practical management season has arrived! This can only take place between September and March each year to avoid disturbing wildlife. As we enter our third winter works season our partners need your help. During a practical management task on the heath you will probably be asked to ‘scrub bash’ which involves pulling up species such […]

Free family fun and wildlife festival returns to Petersfield

August 14th, 2018

Secrets of the Heath Festival, Petersfield Heath, 8 & 9 September 11am-5pm FREE – Event Programme Discover the horrible histories and wonderful wildlife of South Downs heathland on 8 and 9 September as the Secrets of the Heath festival returns to Petersfield. Join a Saxon shield battle, come face-to-face with a highway woman and meet […]

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 […]

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