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On the sixth day of Christmas…

December 18th, 2015

On the sixth day of the South Downs Christmas, we visited to find some great local locally produced geese – and chocolate, and wine, and beer, and cheese and ice-cream… We discovered that Durleighmarsh Farm shop is stocking Hyden Farm Originals geese, born and bred in Hambledon. Hyden Farm is a small family run […]

On the fourth day of Christmas…

December 16th, 2015

On the fourth day of Christmas the South Downs brought us… No ordinary calling birds, instead we have the beautiful barn owl. Barn owls can be found across the South Downs National Park but you’ll need to stay sharp-eyed to catch a glimpse of their ghostly flight. While hawks use their high speed to surprise […]

On the third day of Christmas…

December 15th, 2015

What’s that screeching into view for day three of our Twelve Days of The South Downs? Chasing away the French hens, it’s the hen harrier! One of the UK’s scarcest breeding birds of prey they are recorded each year in the National Park over winter but are usually single birds that don’t stay in one […]

On the second day of Christmas…

December 14th, 2015

On the second day of Christmas, the South Downs National Park is sharing with us the story of the turtle dove. Delicate and dainty, the turtle dove is increasingly rare due to a lack of seeds and grains in the breeding season, making them less likely to try to build nests and raise young. Its […]

On the first day of Christmas…

December 11th, 2015

To celebrate Christmas in the South Downs National Park, join us for a journey of the #12DaysofSouthDowns! On the first day of Christmas, the South Downs National Park is giving you story of the grey partridge. The grey partridge is native to Britain and actually a ground bird so you’ll never really catch it in […]

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