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Winchester Downs Farm Cluster

Grey partridge (SDNPA/ Chris Gomersall)

There are currently six farm clusters across the national park. One of these covers a group of farmers and landowners in the Winchester South Downs area working together for landscape, habitat and biodiversity benefits on a scale that couldn’t be achieved by working alone.

What is becoming apparent is that lots of great work is already being done but the farmers concerned are not getting the message across to the wider public.

Key areas of work

The Winchester Downs Farm Cluster’s key areas of work are:

  • Arable
  • Grassland
  • Woodland
  • Rivers
  • Community

Key Species

Part of promoting the farmed environment in the Winchester Cluster involves promoting iconic species that benefit from a healthy farmed environment. As part of this, members were asked what species they would like to focus on. The top three are:

  • Lapwing
  • Grey partridge
  • Barn owl