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NEWS FEED: Wildlife

South Downs barn owls get ready to fledge!

July 24th, 2018

Sadly, there are only three owlets left in the barn owl box. Over the last two weeks, the youngest two chicks have died. While it’s sad to see, it is very common for some of the chicks to not make it to fledging age – statistically only an average of 25% of all hatched barn […]

Count butterflies in the South Downs

July 20th, 2018

The Big Butterfly Count needs your help with its annual survey of the nation’s butterflies. Words by South Downs Ranger, Tim Squire Spend fifteen minutes sitting in the sun and, while you are there, count some butterflies. What an easy way to help some of the National Park’s most iconic species. Don’t take my word […]

How to make a meadow

July 5th, 2018

Four years ago, South Downs Way ranger Ben Bessant and National Park ranger Jan Knowlson set themselves the challenge of turning a large patch of nettles into a wildflower meadow. For National Meadows Day, on 7 July, Jan tells us about their work. Words by Jan Knowlson We have lost 97 per cent of our […]

Barn owl chicks weighed & ringed

July 4th, 2018

There must have been a plentiful supply of mice and voles this June because our web cam barn owls have been able to keep all five of their chicks alive into July! The chicks hatched between 25 May and 4 June 2018 and with the youngest chick now almost a month old we were lucky […]

Is nature under threat in National Parks?

June 29th, 2018

On 27 June the Campaign for National Parks published a new report calling for National Parks in England and Wales to ‘pull their socks up’ in order to halt and reverse the loss of wildlife. Andrew Lee, Director of Countryside & Policy for the South Downs National Park Authority considers their case. ‘The Campaign for […]

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