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NEWS FEED: Wildlife

Free family fun and wildlife festival returns to Petersfield

August 14th, 2018

Secrets of the Heath Festival, Petersfield Heath, 8 & 9 September 11am-5pm FREE Discover the horrible histories and wonderful wildlife of South Downs heathland on 8 and 9 September as the Secrets of the Heath festival returns to Petersfield. Join a Saxon shield battle, come face-to-face with a highway woman and meet the snakes & […]

On the Ground in July 2018

August 3rd, 2018

From meeting with farmers, offering training and support to local communities, leading walks, organising and training volunteers, controlling invasive species and supporting key species, South Downs National Park Rangers are out in the National Park every weekday and many weekends over the year. Don’t forget to say hello if you spot them out working. Here’s […]

It’s nearly time to say goodbye to our barn owl fledglings

August 2nd, 2018

Our three chicks are all now looking like adults and have begun fledging. They have all had their first flights and we have seen the nest box empty on several occasions. Over the next week or so we will still expect them to come back to the box to roost in the hope of some […]

South Downs barn owls get ready to fledge!

July 24th, 2018

Sadly, there are only three owlets left in the barn owl box. Over the last two weeks, the youngest two chicks have died. While it’s sad to see, it is very common for some of the chicks to not make it to fledging age – statistically only an average of 25% of all hatched barn […]

Count butterflies in the South Downs

July 20th, 2018

The Big Butterfly Count needs your help with its annual survey of the nation’s butterflies. Words by South Downs Ranger, Tim Squire Spend fifteen minutes sitting in the sun and, while you are there, count some butterflies. What an easy way to help some of the National Park’s most iconic species. Don’t take my word […]

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