Wildlife & Habitats

South Downs Habitats

A habitat is a place where a plant or animal lives. All living things need shelter, water, food, air and space to survive. Different animals and plants are found in different habitats. They have adapted to the conditions of the habitats in which they live. Most animals are only adapted to live in one or two habitats.

To keep habitats in the best possible condition they need to be cared for. This could be a farmer looking after his arable fields or a nature reserve warden looking after some wetland.

Wildlife has changed and adapted to live in special habitats and depends totally upon them. If there are not many of these habitats, then so also likely to be fewer plants and animals that live there.

By creating, increasing and protecting habitats animals will be able to move more freely between habitats and have better chances of surviving through any changes taking place.

Chalk downland is the iconic habitat of the South Downs but there are many others including heathland, ancient woodland, farmland, coastal and rivers.

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