Staying connected with nature and the National Park

April 1st, 2020

While we are being asked to stay indoors, we believe the South Downs National Park still has an important role to play 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 your school and its community could 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. Find out about the rangers who work for different organisations across the Park, and many more nature treats.

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

South Downs Activities to do at home

  • Join Children’s Art Week with Selborne artist Michelle Puddy, hosted online by The Gilbert White Field Studies Centre, starts 29 June 2020,
  • Enter the 2020/21 South Downs Photo Competition, this year’s theme of ‘My Tranquil Heaven’ has two categories for budding young photographers, 10 years and under and 11 to 17,
  • Clean-up and Create Art Competition, aims to raise awareness of the problems and solutions of littering, open to schools, uniform groups and individuals, 16 top prizes of £150 to be won,
  • Discover South Downs Generations, an exciting history project in the South Downs that is capturing life in and around the schools of the South Downs in the early 1900’s,
  • 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,
  • Discover the naturalist, Gilbert White who explored the natural world from his home in Hampshire, go on a virtual tour or enjoy downloadable literacy packs for KS1 and KS2 and more,
  • More to come …

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