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NEWS FEED: Wildlife

Collect wildlife badges with the ARC Explorer App

April 29th, 2016

Ever wondered what the bird chirping outside your window is? Or what that lizard was that you spotted while walking in the South Downs? Well, the ARC Explorer App is the place to find out. Discover and record the rich variety of wildlife in our countryside while exploring the best walks around the Arun and Rother rivers […]

250 years since the first butterfly record in Hampshire

April 19th, 2016

Spotting the first butterfly of the year is an uplifting experience as their colourful appearance heralds the start of warmer weather and new life, with birds nesting and flowers beginning to bloom. This year we are celebrating 250 years since the first butterfly record in Hampshire – Andy Barker from the Butterfly Conservation Trust tells […]

National Nest Box Week

February 12th, 2016

National Nest Box Week takes place each year from 14 to 21 February to encourage more people to put up nest boxes in their local area. For the past two years South Downs National Park rangers have been working with local farmers and ecologists on ‘Project BOB’ – installing new barn owl boxes and monitoring existing boxes […]

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 […]

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