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South Downs Rangers on Tour

July 5th, 2018

With the long school holidays on the horizon we’re joining our fellow National Parks across the country to celebrate National Parks Week, from 23 to 29 July. Look out for our rangers – coming to a town centre near you! There are 15 National Parks in the UK and from the Cairngorms in Scotland to […]

How to make a meadow

July 5th, 2018

Four years ago, South Downs Way ranger Ben Bessant and National Park ranger Jan Knowlson set themselves the challenge of turning a large patch of nettles into a wildflower meadow. For National Meadows Day, on 7 July, Jan tells us about their work. Words by Jan Knowlson We have lost 97 per cent of our […]

What we achieved in 2017-18

July 5th, 2018

Submitting the first South Downs Local Plan and launching a new charitable trust for the National Park are just two achievements highlighted in the National Park Authority’s Annual Review 2017–18. Over the course of the year 147 chalk grassland, woodland, heathland and river sites were maintained and enhanced; 5,221 volunteer days were given; and 89 […]

On the ground in June 2018

July 5th, 2018

From meeting with farmers, offering training and support to local communities, leading walks, organising and training volunteers, controlling invasive species and supporting key species, South Downs National Park Rangers are out in the National Park every weekday and many weekends over the year. Don’t forget to say hello if you spot them out working. Here’s […]

Barn owl chicks weighed & ringed

July 4th, 2018

There must have been a plentiful supply of mice and voles this June because our web cam barn owls have been able to keep all five of their chicks alive into July! The chicks hatched between 25 May and 4 June 2018 and with the youngest chick now almost a month old we were lucky […]

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