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NEWS FEED: Wildlife

Summer Holiday Activities

July 25th, 2017

Keeping the kids busy and entertained during the school holidays is a perennial problem for parents but if you are anywhere near the South Downs National Park this summer there’s no excuse to be bored and it shouldn’t break the bank either. Here’s some ideas for fun and interesting  activities: 1. Big Butterfly Count If […]

Butterfly surveying in the South Downs National Park

July 21st, 2017

Written by Charlotte Wray, Assistant Ranger What better way to spend a hot July day than walking through beautiful chalk grassland surveying butterflies?! This is how South Downs Volunteer Ranger Service member John Walton and I spent last Thursday. In the Western end of the South Downs we carry out three butterfly surveys throughout the […]

Walk through the Lemur Loop at Marwell Zoo

July 10th, 2017

Marwell Zoo have opened a new Lemur Loop exhibit, allowing guests to walk through their enclosure and see these fascinating and lovable primates closer than ever before. The new walkthrough is home to four different species of lemur. Critically endangered Alaotran gentle lemurs and black-and white-ruffed lemurs and endangered crowned lemurs and ring-tailed lemurs are […]

Sad news of our Barn Owl chicks

June 30th, 2017

Yesterday we were shocked to see both remaining chicks motionless. After a couple of days of wet weather, the adults might have been unable to hunt due to their feathers not being waterproof. We hoped that by not moving they were preserving energy until the next meal came. Unfortunately it seems that meal never came, […]

Insects on the heath

June 29th, 2017

The heaths of the South Downs can charm you at any time of year but during the summer months, when the purple heather blooms, they become magical places, ripe for exploration. With so much to look out for we asked Bruce Middleton, who runs the Heathlands Reunited project, about some of the smallest characters to look […]

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