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Open your Eyes - to the South Downs

Posted 5 June 2011 by Andrew Gardner

A new South Downs Field Guide will help holidaymakers recognise the wildlife and identify key birds, insects, flowers and crops around them in the South Downs National Park. This illustrated publication in full colour is a response to public feedback that walkers, cyclists and those on holiday in the South Downs, Sussex and East Hampshire needed more maps and guides.

Produced in partnership with the Field Studies Council (FSC) the guide includes a map of The South Downs National Park, information about the landscape and habitats of the South Downs and the countryside code. There are beautiful detailed images and specially commissioned images.

The new South Downs National Park has 85% of land under agricultural production, so advice was sought from the South Downs Land Management Group and the National Farmers Union to include the right livestock breeds and crop species as well as wild flowers and birds.

Visitors are invited to listen out to the characteristic calls of the skylark, the buzzard and the yellowhammer. They can also look for wild thyme, orchids, butterflies such as the Adonis Blue whose natural habitat is the chalk downland, and identify their wheat from their barley.

The guides are available in Tourist Information Centres across the region. You can find these in Winchester, Chichester, Midhurst, Petersfield, Arundel, Horsham, Worthing, Brighton, Lewes, and Eastbourne. Alternatively if you would like a guide prior to visiting us on holiday they are available on the FSC webste for £3.50 plus p&p.

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