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Wild Chalk 2021

Wild Chalk 2021

Thursday 22 July – Sunday 25 July

How special is South Downs National Park to have the globally-rare habitat of chalk grassland running right along its length from Winchester to Eastbourne?

Wild Chalk returns for 2021 with a four-day festival celebrating the unique plants and animals that live in chalk grassland.

This year we’ve put together an exciting programme of short films and live action – as well as a very special offer that puts nature recovery into action!

Rangers from the South Downs National Park and Brighton and Hove City Council will be out and about with other ecologists and volunteers bringing you inspiring footage straight from the South Downs.

If you miss any of the Festival programme, you can always rewatch on the South Downs YouTube channel.

Festival Programme


Sign-up for a free Wild Chalk Nature Pack

We’re also giving away 250 free Wild Chalk Nature Packs, offering tips and tools on what you can do at home to encourage nature in your garden and support the #ReNature initiative.

Each pack contains:

  • An illustrated Field Guide of everything you might find on a walk across downland
  • Some colouring sheets of chalk flowers, butterflies, bird, and insects
  • Two colouring posters of how the chalk beneath our feet acts as a giant filter
  • A guide to the Folk Lore of the South Downs
  • A pack of Super Species Cards to play Top Trumps with chalk grassland insects, birds and plants
  • A leaflet on the ‘Help Nature to Re-Nature’ campaign
  • A packet of 26 different species of wildflower seeds that is sufficient for you to create a square metre of native flowers to attract pollinators.

Order your FREE Wild Chalk Nature Pack


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