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NEWS FEED: Wildlife

Improving the health of our rivers

September 23rd, 2016

World Rivers Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in September. What better time to celebrate the end of a major project to improve two South Downs rivers, the Arun and the Rother. The River Rother runs west to east through the South Downs National Park joining the river Arun near Pulborough, wich then runs […]

Lynchmere Heath Across the Ages Event

September 16th, 2016

On Sunday 25 September join us on Lynchmere Heath from 10:00 to 17:00 for a free family event hosted by the Lynchmere Society in partnership with South Downs National Park Authority. Discover how our ancestors used our heathlands and what you can do to help preserve them. Travel back in time with the ‘Heath across the […]

World Water Monitoring Day

September 13th, 2016

To celebrate World Water Monitoring Day, volunteer Ron Wilder shares his experience working on the Riverfly Monitoring Initiative. “I’ve been involved with the Riverfly Monitoring Initiative [RMI] for 3 years now; I was attracted to the project from both my South Downs Volunteer Ranger conservation work with water voles and my passion for fly-fishing. So […]

Fungi safari

September 7th, 2016

If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a fun-gi surprise… There are perks to the evenings drawing in and the inevitable autumn rain in the National Park. Before the leaves start to fall the thick woodland canopy and wet ground create the perfect conditions for fungi to thrive. Photographers James and […]

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 […]

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