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NEWS FEED: Volunteering

South Downs volunteers help save endangered butterfly

July 4th, 2017

Work by the South Downs Volunteer Rangers is helping to save the regionally endangered pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly by creating special havens for this ‘very fussy’ species in woods near Arundel in West Sussex. During the butterfly’s flight period from late April to late May 2017, the highest numbers were spotted flying in the relatively small […]

The Murder Stone

June 23rd, 2017

Written by Martin Parcell, Western Area Volunteer Ranger. This is an excerpt from the June issue of Downland Thymes, our volunteer newsletter. Warning: Graphic content En-route to a recent VRS woodland task at Clare’s Copse near Hambledon, Hants, we passed a small unassuming head stone, known locally as ‘the murder stone’ placed near the entrance […]

On the ground in May 2017

June 2nd, 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 May 2017. Surveyed for rare Duke of Burgundy butterflies near Winchester, found some egg-laying and occupying areas cleared last winter. Found kidney vetch and horseshoe vetch, both food for […]

Your time is precious – Volunteers Week

May 25th, 2017

Volunteering isn’t only good for the National Park. We know our volunteers come for many reasons and get a lot out of it. They gain new skills, discover their local history, make new friends, get exercise and enjoy nature. Whoever you are, there are opportunities out there that will fit to your specific skills, interests […]

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 […]

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