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NEWS FEED: Wildlife

New Agriculture Bill: South Downs National Park response

September 12th, 2018

Defra has announced the introduction of a new Agriculture Bill to parliament today (12 September 2018), setting out proposals for post-Brexit legislation for farming in the UK. Andrew Lee, SDNPA Director for Countryside & Policy, comments on Government’s new Agriculture Bill. “Public money should be used for public good and the new Agriculture Bill is […]

Seasons change, and so do rangers

September 4th, 2018

On his final week working before leaving the South Downs for warmer climates ranger Matt led a lunchtime walk through Midhurst Common. Volunteer Development Officer, Daniel Greenwood, reflects on their adventure, taken as part of the John Muir Award in the South Downs. ‘From the point of leaving Midhurst town centre to our return, the […]

Free family fun and wildlife festival returns to Petersfield

August 14th, 2018

Secrets of the Heath Festival, Petersfield Heath, 8 & 9 September 11am-5pm FREE – Event Programme Discover the horrible histories and wonderful wildlife of South Downs heathland on 8 and 9 September as the Secrets of the Heath festival returns to Petersfield. Join a Saxon shield battle, come face-to-face with a highway woman and meet […]

On the Ground in July 2018

August 3rd, 2018

From meeting with farmers, offering training and support to local communities, leading walks, organising and training volunteers, controlling invasive species and supporting key species, South Downs National Park Rangers are out in the National Park every weekday and many weekends over the year. Don’t forget to say hello if you spot them out working. Here’s […]

It’s nearly time to say goodbye to our barn owl fledglings

August 2nd, 2018

Our three chicks are all now looking like adults and have begun fledging. They have all had their first flights and we have seen the nest box empty on several occasions. Over the next week or so we will still expect them to come back to the box to roost in the hope of some […]

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