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Whether you are an early career academic or an enthusiastic amateur, volunteering on surveys is a great way to build up relevant research experience and skills. There’s little better than finishing a day tired and happy knowing you’ve contributed to the broader understanding of the world around us.

Volunteering with the South Downs National Park

South Downs Volunteer Ranger Service – opportunities are many and varied, from practical conservation to species surveys, becoming a volunteer ranger is a great way to get out in about in our landscape.

Visit the South Downs Volunteering Map for further opportunities.

Recording your sightings

If you don’t have the time to undertake full surveys you can still contribute to our increasing data sets of presence and absence of species by submitting your sightings via relevant apps or websites.

iRecord – Sussex

Living Record – Hampshire

BirdTrack – Park wide

Species surveys in the local area

Bat Conservation Trust

British Trust for Ornithology

Sussex Mammal Group

Butterfly Conservation

Hampshire Species Groups


Landscape Watch Hampshire – A pioneering crowd sourcing approach to assessing landscape change that you can undertake from the comfort of your home

Cultural Heritage

Archaeology for all – Council for British Archaeology


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