Communicating the South Downs


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Events and Activities

Wild families Big Garden Birdwatch – the big build up!

21 January 2017 to 22 January 2017

Make your own bird feeder, join our own mini garden birdwatch and play some games to help you hone your bird spotting skills ready for the big weekend!

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What do our insects tell us about where we are?

21 January 2017

Maves (Mid Arun Valley Environmental Survey) Winter Talks Talk by Mike Edwards Mike Edwards is an entomological ecologist who has a talent for revealing fascinating insights into bees and other insects – and, how their fortunes relate to the changing face of the countryside. Mike has surveyed for MAVES, and will talk about what we […]

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Around the World in 80 Days presented by Lewes Theatre Youth Group

27 January 2017 to 05 February 2017

Lewes Theatre Youth Group (LTYG) students are set to take on one of Jules Verne’s most famous transcontinental voyages this Winter in Laura Eason’s adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days. The circumnavigation by sea, rail, air craft and on elephant, stars the majestic Phileas Fogg who decides to gamble his life’s fortune on being […]

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Create an Entomology Collection

28 January 2017

The aim of this one day workshop is to give attendees an introduction to preparation and storage techniques for voucher specimens for different groups of invertebrates. Voucher specimens are necessary for a number of invertebrate groups, in some cases as species identification is only possible from correctly prepared specimens, and in others as the only […]

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Wildlife Walkabout at Pulborough Brooks

02 February 2017

Join our friendly guides on this regular gentle ramble looking for our best wintery wildlife.

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South Downs Landowners Conference

03 February 2017

Turning land into an asset: Working together to build more affordable homes. Could your land be turned into an asset? Would you like to utilise and profit from your unused buildings? The average house price in the South Downs is now almost £500,000 and low income families in the National Park face a difficult future, […]

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Celtic Spring Festival at Butser Ancient Farm – Imbolc

04 February 2017

Visit the ancient roundhouse for the afternoon to celebrate the end of winter! Hosted by professional storyteller Jonathon Huet, the afternoon’s entertainment will include storytelling, poetry, singing, firelighting and a light, warming meal – all included in your ticket price!

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Petersfield Farmers’ Market

05 February 2017 to 24 December 2017

Petersfield Farmers’ Market is a free event, running the first Sunday of every month from 10 am to 2pm. Enjoy the great taste of Hampshire, savour the delights of truly local food reared, grown, baked, caught & brewed in Hampshire. Home reared meats including buffalo and game, eggs, cheese, milk, ice cream, wine, beer, apple […]

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South Downs Dark Skies Festival

10 February 2017 to 26 February 2017

Look out for star parties, talks and other family activities across half-term during this two-week celebration of the South Downs becoming an International Dark Skies Reserve. Find events on our calendar by searching for ‘Dark Skies Festival’.

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Stargazing at Butser Ancient Farm with Hants Astro

10 February 2017

As part of the South Downs National Park ‘Dark Skies at Night’ festival, Butser Ancient Farm are delighted to be hosting an evening of stargazing on Friday 10th February. Doors open at 7.30pm, when visitors can buy refreshments in our visitor centre, and at 8pm Dave Woods from Hants Astro will give a short introduction […]

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