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NEWS FEED: Volunteering

What do South Downs Volunteer Rangers actually do?

September 22nd, 2017

Russell Cleaver, who gives his time as a South Downs Volunteer Ranger in the western end of the National Park, answers a question often asked by friends or even strangers. Words by Russell Cleaver Top of the list, unsurprisingly, is scrub bashing, a long-time favourite for volunteers which covers a variety of jobs from weeding […]

Dog Lovers Wanted – Your National Park needs you!

August 9th, 2017

Are you passionate about dogs? Do you love and care about your National Park? Are you friendly and enjoy meeting new people? Do you know lots of other dog walkers in your community? Do you have some spare time? We need Dog Walking Ambassadors If you have answered YES to most of the above questions […]

Butterfly surveying in the South Downs National Park

July 21st, 2017

Written by Charlotte Wray, Assistant Ranger What better way to spend a hot July day than walking through beautiful chalk grassland surveying butterflies?! This is how South Downs Volunteer Ranger Service member John Walton and I spent last Thursday. In the Western end of the South Downs we carry out three butterfly surveys throughout the […]

Volunteers help return ‘The Devil’s Humps’ to their former glory at Kingley Vale

July 14th, 2017

Written by Steve Walker, Kingley Vale NNR Reserve Manager For those visitors who make it to the top of Bow Hill at Kingley Vale Nature Reserve, it is hard not to be awestruck by the sight of the four bronze age tumuli running along the plateau. These mounds, also known as The Devil’s Humps (or […]

On the Ground in June 2017

July 4th, 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 June 2017. Surveyed for lapwing in partnership with the RSPB and found 16 lapwing chicks in 4 families on one survey site. Spotted small blue butterflies on the kidney […]

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