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NEWS FEED: Wildlife

Hairy mallow in the South Downs National Park

September 2nd, 2016

Written by Dr Patrick Austin, Environment Officer, South East Water The South Downs National Park is home to a wide range of rare species. These include insects like the wart-biter cricket and the Duke of Burgundy butterfly, but also a number of rare plants including the Nationally Rare hairy (or rough) mallow (Althaea hirsuta). It […]

£1.44 million lottery funding will help endangered heathland wildlife

September 2nd, 2016

Ambitious work to restore and reunite areas of rare heathland in the South Downs National Park will start this autumn thanks to a £1.44 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). South Downs heaths are not only home to rare plants and animals – such as the sand lizard, woodlark and silver-studded blue butterfly […]

Water Week and the South Downs

August 26th, 2016

A shocking 650 million people across the world live without safe water and one in every three people don’t have access to adequate sanitation. World Water Week, from 28 August to 2 September, focuses on new thinking and positive action toward water-related challenges across the globe. In our part of the world it’s very easy […]

Find family fun at horrible heathland history weekend

August 16th, 2016

Secrets of the Heath, 3 & 4 September 11am-5pm Petersfield Heath FREE Discover the horrible histories of South Downs heathland on 3 and 4 September with the chance to join a Saxon shield battle, come face-to-face with a highway woman or fire a Roman catapult.   As well as re-enactments,a Medieval camp and rides in […]

Big Butterfly Count

July 28th, 2016

Help the Big Butterfly Count take nature’s pulse by recording and identifying all the butterflies you find. The more people that participate in the count, the more we can learn about butterflies and how they are doing. The count runs until the end of August so there’s still time to record your findings. Counting butterflies […]

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