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NEWS FEED: Wildlife

Rare spider discovered at Kingley Vale

August 25th, 2017

Written by Matt Dowse, SDNPA Ranger | Photo © Hugh Lansdown Some species don’t need much conservation advocacy work. The number of members that organisations such as the RSPB and even the Bumblebee Conservation Trust can boast, as well as the number of participants in citizen science projects such as the Big Butterfly Count attest […]

‘Ratty’ has returned to Meon valley

August 11th, 2017

Water voles, which were once extinct in the Meon Valley in Hampshire, are now thriving again on the river and its tributaries following a five-year project to reintroduce the animal which inspired the character Ratty in Wind in the Willows. The first water voles were released at Titchfield Haven, managed by Hampshire County Council, in […]

Don’t go chasing water voles

August 2nd, 2017

In 2013 the first water voles were released at Titchfield Haven as part of an ambitious project to reintroduce these locally-extinct animals to the River Meon. Five years and almost 2,500 water voles later we asked some of the people involved what the project has meant to them. Once a common sight in the Meon […]

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 […]

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