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NEWS FEED: Wildlife

Barn owls return

February 6th, 2018

If you were following the sad story of our web-cam barn owls last summer you’ll remember that we not only lost the chicks but were very concerned for the adult female, who hadn’t been seen returning to the nest for several days before the chicks died. Ranger Angela was checking our cameras this month and […]


December 13th, 2017

We are very close to announcing the name of our appointed artist who will be designing sculptures across seven heathland sites in the South Downs National Park. The artists work will reflect what each community values about their heath – from their history and past economic importance to their rare plants and animals. We are right at the very start […]

Rare spider discovered at Kingley Vale

August 25th, 2017

Written by Matt Dowse, SDNPA Ranger | Photo © Hugh Lansdown Some species don’t need much conservation advocacy work. The number of members that organisations such as the RSPB and even the Bumblebee Conservation Trust can boast, as well as the number of participants in citizen science projects such as the Big Butterfly Count attest […]

‘Ratty’ has returned to Meon valley

August 11th, 2017

Water voles, which were once extinct in the Meon Valley in Hampshire, are now thriving again on the river and its tributaries following a five-year project to reintroduce the animal which inspired the character Ratty in Wind in the Willows. The first water voles were released at Titchfield Haven, managed by Hampshire County Council, in […]

Don’t go chasing water voles

August 2nd, 2017

In 2013 the first water voles were released at Titchfield Haven as part of an ambitious project to reintroduce these locally-extinct animals to the River Meon. Five years and almost 2,500 water voles later we asked some of the people involved what the project has meant to them. Once a common sight in the Meon […]

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