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NEWS FEED: Volunteering

South Downs project wins prestigious national award

October 12th, 2016

The Arun and Rother Connections project in the South Downs National Park has won the Campaign for National Parks 2016 ‘Park Protector Award’. Caroline Quentin, Campaign for National Parks’ president judged the award and said: “How fantastic to see a project that is not only making a huge difference to the South Downs right now, […]

Duke of Burgundy

October 11th, 2016

The nationally endangered Duke of Burgundy butterfly is currently one of the most rapidly declining species in the UK. In 2003, only eight Duke of Burgundy butterflies were seen in the whole of Sussex. With some of its few remaining strongholds on South Downs’ chalk grassland one of our first major projects, the South Downs […]

Improving the health of our rivers

September 23rd, 2016

World Rivers Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in September. What better time to celebrate the end of a major project to improve two South Downs rivers, the Arun and the Rother. The River Rother runs west to east through the South Downs National Park joining the river Arun near Pulborough, wich then runs […]

Secrets of the High Woods Revealed: A celebratory Conference

September 16th, 2016

On Friday 23 September the Secrets of the High Woods project findings will be revealed with a conference at the South Downs Centre in Midhurst. The project has used LiDAR mapping, oral histories, archival research and archaeological excavations to discover the hidden archaeology hidden beneath the landscape of the South Downs. There will be talks […]

World Water Monitoring Day

September 13th, 2016

To celebrate World Water Monitoring Day, volunteer Ron Wilder shares his experience working on the Riverfly Monitoring Initiative. “I’ve been involved with the Riverfly Monitoring Initiative [RMI] for 3 years now; I was attracted to the project from both my South Downs Volunteer Ranger conservation work with water voles and my passion for fly-fishing. So […]

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