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NEWS FEED: Wildlife

Our barn owls have returned – watch them on our webcam

May 11th, 2018

We are delighted to see our barn owl pair return to our nestbox. We were worried last year when one of them hadn’t been seen for a while and feared the worst. While it’s possible the male may have found a new mate, it’s unlikely in such a short time. We have five eggs and […]

On the Ground in April 2018

April 30th, 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 a […]

Otter believed to have taken up home on the Rother

April 27th, 2018

South Downs rangers are excited to have captured new footage of an otter, left on a camera trap on the river Rother on 11 April 2018. This is the first time an otter has been recorded at this particular site in many years. Volunteers first noticed otter prints on a mink raft a few weeks […]

Watch our mini-documentary about Heathland in the South Downs National Park

April 3rd, 2018

Lowland heath, one of the rarest habitats on Earth, was created more than 6,000 years ago when Neolithic man began to clear the forests. The acidic sandy soil couldn’t be used for growing crops so was put aside for grazing and what emerged was a landscape of dry heath and wet bogs and within its […]

Eight reasons to love South Downs heathland

March 29th, 2018

The South Downs National Park celebrated its 8th birthday on 31 March and we’re marking the occasion with eight breath taking clips getting up close and personal to some special heathland wildlife. Lowland heath, one of the rarest habitats on Earth, was created more than 6,000 years ago when Neolithic man began to clear the […]

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