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NEWS FEED: Wildlife

Sheep lend a helping hoof for butterfly conservation at Mill Hill, Shoreham

November 19th, 2018

A flock of sheep are being employed to improve precious chalk grassland, vital for the survival of rare butterflies, in the South Downs National Park near Shoreham. The unusual looking sheep – called Jacobs – have two sets of horns and moved on to Mill Hill Local Nature Reserve, near Shoreham, on Friday 16 November. […]

Solitary Bees: An Essential Element of our Food Chain

October 16th, 2018

Written by Roger Kiernan, Seven Sisters Volunteer Ranger. All images © Roger Kiernan. We are all familiar with honey and bumble bees, known as social bees as they live in communities. However, of the nearly 250 species of bees in the UK about 90% are not social, they live alone and are known as solitary […]

Grayling butterfly, Master of Diguise

October 15th, 2018

Once common on our hills, the ‘chalk race’ of grayling butterfly is now just hanging on in one small site in the South Downs. National Park Ranger Tim Squire tells us how ponies are lending a ‘helping hoof’ to bring the species back. The grayling butterfly is fantastic at hiding. It is perhaps the best […]

Fungi season in the South Downs

October 5th, 2018

When you walk in the woods of the South Downs something incredible is happening under the leaf litter. In autumn, the fruits of nature’s labour arise in abundance. Words by Daniel Greenwood. Beneath our feet the fungal web or ‘mycelium’ of fungi are coalescing with the roots of trees to maintain a biological network crucial […]

Heathland Management with the RSPB

October 4th, 2018

Wiggonholt and Rackham Woods are sites involved in our heathlands reunited project During the early autumn the RSPB Pulborough Brooks team will be undertaking essential habitat management work on their wooded heathland sites at Wiggonholt Heath & Rackham Woods. Anna Allum, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB Pulborough Brooks explains more: Heathland requires regular management to […]

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