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NEWS FEED: Wildlife

Heathland area the size of 70 football pitches conserved

June 28th, 2018

An area of heathland the size of 70 football pitches (50 ha) has been conserved over the past year through the Heathlands Reunited project –  a partnership of 11 organisations in the South Downs National Park working together to create bigger, better, more joined up heathlands. The five-year project which started in 2016 covers 34 […]

National Insect Week: 10 species to find in the South Downs

June 18th, 2018

Written by Matt Dowse, South Downs National Park Ranger. Picture: Chalk hill blue © Nigel Symington Everyone knows the importance of chalk grasslands for their botanic diversity, and it is an often quoted that you can find as many as 40 species of plants per square metre of good quality chalk grassland. But there is another taxonomic […]

Five chicks on the barn owl webcam

June 8th, 2018

Over the last day or so, the last of this year’s eggs have hatched, bringing the total of tiny and very hungry owlets to five! Learn more about the barn owl box project. To feed her young, the adult female will tear bit of food off and feed it to the owlets. But from about […]

What makes our coastline special

June 8th, 2018

At the eastern end of the National Park the South Downs tumble to the sea in an iconic stretch of chalk cliff and river mouth. This dramatic landscape – which takes in Seaford Head, Cuckmere Haven, Seven Sisters and Beachy Head – is officially called the Sussex Heritage Coast and we need your help to […]

Three chicks on our barn owl webcam!

May 30th, 2018

We’re very happy to see that three chicks have now hatched in our barn owl box. If you keep watching you might see the male delivering food and the female feeding the chicks. She will do this until they are about two weeks old, after which they will be able to feed themselves. There are […]

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