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South Downs Centre - Temporary Closure

The South Downs Centre in Midhurst is temporarily closed to visitors but our team are still on hand to answer your calls and emails.

Renature your place

Renature your place

There are so many ways that you can help nature – in small spaces, community spaces and out and about, with little or no budget.

  • Bee friendly – Plant sunflowers and other pollinator friendly to help bees and other pollinators. Don’t forget to include some plants for nighttime visits from moths. Check out our tips on welcoming wildlife to your garden.
  • Give nature a home – put up a bird box or bat box, or build your very own hedgehog house.
  • Put out food and water to welcome visitors to your garden.
  • Just add water – a pond, no matter how small, will instantly make your space more attractive to wildlife visitors.
  • Pick up litter – on our walks or arrange a litter pick with your friends, school, family or community.
  • Take the LeadKeep your dog on a lead from March to September to avoid disturbing rare groundnesting birds and other your animals.
  • Be water wise – Our clean fresh water system supports important wildlife and supplies over 1.2 million people. Have a shower instead of a bath or turning off the tap when brushing your teeth.
  • Don’t use plastic – Many birds are badly affected by plastic waste as it can be mistaken for nest-building material or food. Avoid plastic straws, use reusable bags, and get a refillable water bottle.
  • Embrace the darkness – You may be familiar with the famous views across the hills of the South Downs but how much time have you spent admiring the ones above your head? Protect your dark night skies and keep outdoor lighting to a minimum.
  • Record the wildlife near you – Recording the wildlife where you live provides vital information which helps conservationists protect the environment.

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