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NEWS FEED: Wildlife

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

Written by Tim Squire, South Downs National Park Authority Ranger The grayling butterfly is fantastic at hiding. It is perhaps the best camouflaged of all our butterflies. It always lands with its wings closed and the cryptic pattern of the underside makes it disappear as soon as it lands. It will however sometimes give a […]

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 […]

New Agriculture Bill: South Downs National Park response

September 12th, 2018

Defra has announced the introduction of a new Agriculture Bill to parliament today (12 September 2018), setting out proposals for post-Brexit legislation for farming in the UK. Andrew Lee, SDNPA Director for Countryside & Policy, comments on Government’s new Agriculture Bill. “Public money should be used for public good and the new Agriculture Bill is […]

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