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NEWS FEED: Wildlife

On the twelfth day of South Downs Christmas…

December 24th, 2015

On the twelfth and final day of our South Downs Christmas, look who’s drumming for us. The wart-biter cricket! The wart-biter cricket gets its name from the 18th century Swedish practice of using them to gnaw off warts. It was able to do this thanks to its strong mouth parts – yuck! The cricket ‘sings’ by rubbing […]

On the tenth day of Christmas…

December 22nd, 2015

On the 10th day of Christmas in the South Downs National Park, there’s something leaping at Lord’s Piece… Lord’s Piece is a very special heathland in Sussex and home to many rare species, including the British field cricket. British field crickets are classed as a vulnerable insect and are a national priority species. By the 1980s the […]

On the ninth day of Christmas…

December 21st, 2015

On the ninth day of the South Downs National Park Christmas, not nine dancing ladies, instead we’re giving you something to dance about. Recent findings from the 2015 State of Butterflies report have revealed that, while many resident and migrant butterflies are in trouble, intensive conservation efforts have started to turn around the fortunes of some of […]

On the seventh day of Christmas….

December 18th, 2015

On the seventh day of Christmas the South Down National Park gave us… Swans-a-Swimming at Swanbourne Lake. Swanbourne Lake started off life as a Mill Pond which was recorded as far back as the Doomsday survey. In the late 18th century the pond was enlarged to form the lake which is fed mainly by the ‘Blue […]

On the third day of Christmas…

December 15th, 2015

What’s that screeching into view for day three of our Twelve Days of The South Downs? Chasing away the French hens, it’s the hen harrier! One of the UK’s scarcest breeding birds of prey they are recorded each year in the National Park over winter but are usually single birds that don’t stay in one […]

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