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NEWS FEED: Volunteering

Fantastic Heaths and where to find them…

May 5th, 2017

You might associate the South Downs with rolling chalk downland but one of our most stunning and rarest habitats is our beautiful heathland. With striking purple heather set against a backdrop of glorious yellow gorse these precious sites are a perfect spot for a walk or ride. Ambitious work to restore and reunite these special […]

On the ground in April 2017

May 2nd, 2017

Work to maintain the South Downs Way National Trail included replacing way markers and, installing gates along the route, as well as repairing a water tap at Amberley. Tested a new route for walkers, horse riders and cyclists to publish on ViewRanger by completing a 7 mile stretch from Fittleworth, taking in heath woodland farmland […]

Volunteers needed to ‘nanny’ goats in the South Downs National Park

April 10th, 2017

Volunteers are needed to support conservation work in the South Downs National Park by looking out for a newly arrived herd of 12 goats, brought in to help restore rare chalk grassland near Upper Beeding in West Sussex. The rare-breed ‘Bagot’ goats – which go by the names of Frances, Iona, Grace, Gloria, Gina, Gladys, […]

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 […]

Facing 2017 with resolve

December 16th, 2016

For many people 2016 was a bumpy ride but whatever’s around the corner for 2017 we’re determined to at least start it well. If you feel the same please join us in making some South Downs resolutions: Make nature part of every day For the past two years we’ve joined in the Wildlife Trust’s ‘30 […]

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