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Expert tips

Expert tips

There’s no hard and fast rules when it comes to spotting wildlife in the South Downs.

However, try following some of these expert tips to increasing your chances at seeing some of the rare species found in the National Park.

  • Be responsible. This seems pretty straightforward but it’s something we can soon forget when “in the moment.” Don’t get too close and avoid too much disturbance, especially of nests, burrows or other homes for wildlife.
  • Choose your wardrobe carefully. By opting for a colour appropriate for the habitat, you can more easily blend into the surroundings without spooking any wildlife you’re trying to spot.
  • Dogs. If you have a four-legged friend best to leave them at home. Rightly, lots of animals are naturally cautious of dogs so make sure you leave the pooch back at the house.
  • Smellies. Most animals have a very good sense of smell. Wearing strong aftershaves and perfumes is likely to alert nearby animals to your presence.
  • Leave no trace. Don’t disturb what might be homes to creatures. A log might look like a log for you but it can be shelter for a whole variety of creatures.

If you follow the above, you will be in better stead to spot amazing wildlife.

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