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NEWS FEED: Wildlife

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 […]

On the second day of Christmas…

December 14th, 2015

On the second day of Christmas, the South Downs National Park is sharing with us the story of the turtle dove. Delicate and dainty, the turtle dove is increasingly rare due to a lack of seeds and grains in the breeding season, making them less likely to try to build nests and raise young. Its […]

On the first day of Christmas…

December 11th, 2015

To celebrate Christmas in the South Downs National Park, join us for a journey of the #12DaysofSouthDowns! On the first day of Christmas, the South Downs National Park is giving you story of the grey partridge. The grey partridge is native to Britain and actually a ground bird so you’ll never really catch it in […]

Rare butterfly is surprise success for South Downs project

October 28th, 2015

A project to boost numbers of butterflies and chalk grassland in the South Downs National Park near Brighton has unexpectedly seen the return of the silver-spotted skipper butterfly, once close to extinction across the county. The ‘Brighton Blues’ project, led by the South Downs National Park Authority and supported by a grant of £39,425 awarded […]

Otter returns to upper Rother River

September 23rd, 2015

The first confirmed evidence of an otter on the upper Rother River in Hampshire since 2001 has been captured on film as part of work to boost local wildlife in the South Downs National Park. A camera trap, set up on the river was put in place to monitor whether invasive species American mink, which […]

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