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NEWS FEED: Wildlife

On the Ground in April 2018

April 30th, 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 a […]

Otter believed to have taken up home on the Rother

April 27th, 2018

South Downs rangers are excited to have captured new footage of an otter, left on a camera trap on the river Rother on 11 April 2018. This is the first time an otter has been recorded at this particular site in many years. Volunteers first noticed otter prints on a mink raft a few weeks […]

Watch our mini-documentary about Heathland in the South Downs National Park

April 3rd, 2018

Lowland heath, one of the rarest habitats on Earth, was created more than 6,000 years ago when Neolithic man began to clear the forests. The acidic sandy soil couldn’t be used for growing crops so was put aside for grazing and what emerged was a landscape of dry heath and wet bogs and within its […]

Eight reasons to love South Downs heathland

March 29th, 2018

The South Downs National Park celebrated its 8th birthday on 31 March and we’re marking the occasion with eight breath taking clips getting up close and personal to some special heathland wildlife. Lowland heath, one of the rarest habitats on Earth, was created more than 6,000 years ago when Neolithic man began to clear the […]

Butterfly birthday

March 8th, 2018

From water voles to skylarks and wart-biter crickets to sand lizards, many creatures capture the spirit of the National Park. But there’s something special about the South Downs’ butterflies and we’re working closely with Butterfly Conservation to keep it that way. Words by Chris Lickley and Jo Glyde The Duke of Burgundy, chalk hill blue […]

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