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Grasslands | South Downs

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Grasslands are great examples of how man and nature can work together. They are 'managed' landscapes.

Through centuries of farming and grazing, rich habitats have been created where wildlife can thrive. The downlands of southern England and in particular Heyshott Down in West Sussex are perfect examples. Chalk downlands are rich in wild life, moths, butterflies, plants and birds.

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The British Isles is a landscape of natural pasture. The variation in habitats is astounding and there are amazing places to see nature.


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Our grasslands offer great opportunities for wildlife watching. Why not take a few tips from the Hands on Nature team? From bird watching to wild flowers.


South Downs - Visitor Guide


0906 7112212 - Eastbourne Tourist Information
01273 625242 - AONB Sussex team
023 9259 1362 - AONB Hampshire team


Key attractions: Wildlife watching moths, butterflies, plants and birds.
Essential kit:

Waterproof clothes and footwear, binoculars.
Bring a bright light and a white sheet for evening moth watching. Plant and moth identification guide book.

Nature watching:

Botany, bird spotting, moth watching. Best season: All year round but June for the Orchids. Evening is a good time for moth watching although some can be seen during the day.

Butterfly Conservation holds a National Moth Night every year, and local branches hold events throughout the Summer.

Access:Limited wheelchair accessible and care should be taken after periods of heavy rain.
Getting there:Use the South Downs Way which follows the chalkland ridge from Eastbourne through Buriton then on to Winchester.
Opening times:All year round. Public footpaths run through the South Downs and are open all hours.
Charges:Free public access. Pay car parks.
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