Last year the South Downs National Park Authority launched our ambitious ReNature campaign to increase the area of the National Park managed for nature from 25% to 33% (an extra 13,000 hectares).
In short, we want to ensure that there really is nature everywhere, and so we also want the remaining 67% to be nature friendly.
We believe everyone has a part to play and can make a difference.
To reach our goal of nature everywhere for everyone, we’re delighted to bring to you our inaugural ReNature Festival.
Incorporating elements of our previous Wild Chalk festivals with a wonderful mix of inspiring online content and outdoor events, the Festival will celebrate the diverse habitats of the South Downs National Park and the role we can all play to #ReNature the South Downs.
Get involved and be in with a chance to win a fab prize!
Throughout the week, we’re asking people to pledge to do three things and share it online to be in with a chance of winning a trip to one of these great wildlife venues:
Experiencenature: Get outside and enjoy one of the amazing habitats of the South Downs. Visit a heathland, walk amongst the wild flowers on a chalk grassland site, listen to bird song in a woodland. However you spend time in nature, share it with us.
Carefor nature: Send us a photo or video of you helping to look after nature. It could be a two-minute litter-pick in your local park, or maybe planting pollinator-friendly flowers at home is your thing? For wildlife spotters, download theiNaturalist appto report your wildlife spots. These are great ways to help nature, all in your own time.
Share:Share your experience online. Feel free to tag us onTwitterorInstagramand use the hashtag #ReNature. If entering the competition, be sure to send us a link to your post.
Entries close at midnight on 31 July. See competition terms and conditions here.
The full festival programme will be released closer to the time but here’s what you can expect on each of the days:
Saturday 16 July – A Way into the Downs. Get outside to explore the fantastic and varied wildlife to be discovered along the South Downs Way. Remember to record your spots on the iNaturalist app
Sunday 17 July – Wild Chalk. Celebrating the diversity of our chalk habitats and what is happening to restore it.
Monday 18 July – Cool Coast. Introducing the Seaford Head project – mapping the human settlements along the coast before cliff erosion sees them disappear from the landscape.
Tuesday 19 July – Fabulous Farmers. Meeting the farmers who put nature and the landscape at the heart of what they do.
Wednesday 20 July – Precious Pollinators. With bees and butterflies under increasing threat, explore the habitats where they thrive and discover what you can do to help give them a chance.
Thursday 21 July – Wonderful Water. Looking at the array of water habitats to be found in the South Downs, including dew ponds and globally-rare chalk streams.
Friday 22 July – Wondrous Woodlands. With more woodland than any other National Park in England or Wales, venture into the South Downs treescape to experience this wondrous habitat!
Saturday 23 July – Heavenly Heathlands. Home to reptiles, amphibians and groundnesting birds, lowland heath is a threatened habitat. Thanks to the work of the Heathlands Reunited project, nature recovery is underway and the results are remarkable.
Sunday 24 July – Be Inspired! If the rest of the week wasn’t enough, let us inspire you to get outside, connect with stories from the landscape and share how you can get involved in your own ReNaturing activity!