Communicating the South Downs

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NEWS FEED: National Park Authority

Most asked: ‘Dark Skies’ Dan Oakley

January 30th, 2017

Send us your questions about a particular area of work in the National Park to newsletter@southdowns.gov.uk Answering this month is: ‘Dark Skies’ Dan Oakley, Lead Ranger for the SDNPA. Why are dark skies important? The Milky Way is our home and without dark skies we can’t see it. I love being able to look beyond […]

On the Ground in January 2017

January 30th, 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 January 2017. Installation of new tramper friendly kiss gates, improving access at Kingley Vale NNR in West Sussex. Volunteer spent 42 task days clearing scrub on chalk grassland and […]

Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum

January 4th, 2017

Andrew Lee, Director of Countryside Policy and Management, for the South Downs National Park Authority: “We have read today’s report from the Environmental Audit Committee on The Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum with interest. “The report sets out key challenges around the future of environmental land management. While setting out the […]

A27: Breaking the bottleneck

January 3rd, 2017

Whether you’re a motorist in and around the South Downs or a dedicated user of public transport you will probably be aware of the various proposals put forward by Highways England (HE) to increase capacity on sections of the A27. Some argue that these are necessary to make journey times more reliable and improve safety. […]

You ask: Phillippa Morrison-Price

January 3rd, 2017

What does a South Downs Lead Ranger actually do? My role is quite new, it has only existed for six months. I am one of four Lead Rangers who each manage an area of the National Park: eastern downs, central downs, western downs and Wealden heath. I manage a team of three rangers and two […]

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