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South Downs National Park urges dog owners to be aware and Take the Lead

March 9th, 2016

“We have been shocked to hear about the attack on a flock of sheep at West Dean,” says Phil Belden, Director of Operations at the South Downs National Park Authority. “We know how devastating these events are for farmers – not just financially but also in having to deal with the aftermath. Our ranger teams […]

Fernhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan Passes Referendum

March 3rd, 2016

Congratulations to Fernhurst Parish Council and the Fernhurst Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group who saw their Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) successfully pass a referendum yesterday with 88% voting yes for the plan. Fernhurst was one of the very first communities in the National Park to embrace neighbourhood planning. In 2012 the Parish Council received ‘front runner’ […]

See the South Downs spring to life on free bicycle rides

February 26th, 2016

Discover how easy it is to explore the South Downs by bike this spring on a series of ten free-to-join rides led by community cycling groups, in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority. From photography tips to stargazing and pond-dipping to discover river wildlife – each ride covers a different theme. Routes are […]

National Nest Box Week

February 12th, 2016

National Nest Box Week takes place each year from 14 to 21 February to encourage more people to put up nest boxes in their local area. For the past two years South Downs National Park rangers have been working with local farmers and ecologists on ‘Project BOB’ – installing new barn owl boxes and monitoring existing boxes […]

Dark Skies application submitted!

January 29th, 2016

Our Ranger Dark-skies-Dan and his group of dedicated volunteers have spent the past three years mapping out the quality of night skies across the National Park. He’s also attended countless parish, town and county council meetings to develop policies that will help protect our skies. All of this in preparation for our bid to get […]

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