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South Downs Centre - Temporary Closure

The South Downs Centre in Midhurst is temporarily closed to visitors but our team are still on hand to answer your calls and emails.

Lavington Lizard

Lavington Lizard

The South Downs Heathlands support all 12 of our native british amphibians and reptiles. Lavington common is hoome to all three types of lizard that rely on heaths; slow worm, common and sand lizards can all be found here. 

During the breeding season, male sand lizards adopt a striking bright green colour to attract a mate. They were once nearly extinct in Britain and are still classed as an endangered species and protected by law.

Organisations such as the amphibian and reptile conservation trust work hard to protect and monitor these heathland habitats which the sand lizard calls home.

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" The Downs...too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness. "