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NEWS FEED: Wildlife

Three years of Nature Improvement Areas

April 23rd, 2015

In 2012 the South Downs Way Ahead project, consisting of 28 organisations led by the South Downs National Park Authority, was chosen to trail blaze the Government’s new Nature Improvement Area scheme to protect habitats and the economic and social benefits they bring. The focus of the project was safeguarding endangered chalk grassland in the […]

Rodents in the Rain

March 5th, 2015

Volunteer Rangers in the Hampshire area of the South Downs National Park started the New Year in a watery way with some important wildlife surveys. A drizzly Monday morning in early January saw us head across to Noar Hill on the Rotherfield Estate to begin our hunt for harvest mice nests. Following an earlier meeting […]

The Queens are Coming

February 26th, 2015

February is the usual start to the bumblebee season. The first bumbles to be seen are young queens that were born towards the end of last year’s season, between May and September. Following birth these new youngsters will have quickly mated with a male, then fattened themselves up with surplus nectar and pollen and finally […]

Dukes return to Steyning

October 30th, 2014

One of Britain’s rarest butterflies has been handed a lifeline in Steyning, thanks to a conservation project between a the Steyning Downland Scheme (SDS), South Downs National Park Authority and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The Duke of Burgundy butterfly is one of the most rapidly declining and threatened species of butterfly in the UK. […]

South Downs wins Heritage Lottery Fund support to reunite heathlands

June 24th, 2014

Ambitious plans to restore and reunite areas of rare heathland in the South Downs National Park have received initial support*, including £48,300 development funding,  from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to progress the project further. The development funding will help the National Park Authority carry out habitat surveys, build partnerships and get communities excited about […]

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