While we are being asked to stay at home, we believe the South Downs National Park has a role to play, as it always does, in supporting the health and well-being of the nation. Our National Parks were created to provide breathing spaces for all of us. Staying connected with nature and the countryside is important, even if we have to find new and creative ways to do so. Whilst we may be inside, the outside is still there. Here are a few ways to keep in touch with all things wild and outdoors…
Greenery makes us happy – get your daily fix of outdoorsy goodness by following us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. We’ll be posting images, videos and beautiful stuff to help you keep in touch with our wild places.
Our YouTube channel is packed full of videos about wildlife, habitats, farming, history and adventures. Our new, Magical South Downs Woodlands video is one of our favourites.
- Our YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/sdnpa
- Magical Woodlands Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVqggsxxAEk&t
- Heathlands in the South Downs National Park Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgmbhY8Y2fY&t
Take notice – one of the five ways to well-being. Look out your window and be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Check out Wildlife Trust webcams for views from across the UK https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/webcams
South Downs Activities to do at home
- The Fish, the Goatsucker and the Highwayman. The magic, mystery and myths of South Downs heathlands have been brought to life in this fun new e-book that explores the history of this unique landscape.
- The City Nature Challenge with the Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere is going ahead from home, record how much wildlife you see from 24-27 April, www.nature2020.org.uk/city-nature-challenge
- Discover the naturalist, Gilbert White who explored the natural world from his home in Hampshire, downloadable literacy packs for KS1 and KS2 and more, www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/downloads/
- More to come …
Print at home
- Chalk Grassland Colouring Sheets are full of super species that can be found on the South Downs, learn about chalk grassland here and download the colouring sheets here
- Heathland Colouring Sheets were created to celebrate a sculpture trail inspired by our heathland communities and stories, learn about heathlands here and download the colouring sheets here
- More to come …
Activities from across the counties, country, continent and world
- Tree tools for schools from the Woodland Trust has some fun, interactive games. Test your ID skills and learn how we use trees to make tables, houses, bowls and musical instruments, www.treetoolsforschools.org.uk/
- WWF’s #LearnToLoveNature hub is packed full of fun activities and ideas for pupils and families to explore our world from home, www.wwf.org.uk/updates/learn-love-nature