Renature Festival

A wonderful mix of inspiring online content and outdoor events, the Festival will celebrate the diverse habitats of the South Downs National Park and the role we can all play to #ReNature the South Downs.

  • Saturday 16 July – A Way into the Downs. Get outside to explore the fantastic and varied wildlife to be discovered along the South Downs Way. Remember to record your spots on the iNaturalist app
  • Sunday 17 July – Wild Chalk. Celebrating the diversity of our chalk habitats and what is happening to restore it.
  • Monday 18 July – Cool Coast. Introducing the Seaford Head project – mapping the human settlements along the coast before cliff erosion sees them disappear from the landscape.
  • Tuesday 19 July – Fabulous Farmers. Meeting the farmers who put nature and the landscape at the heart of what they do.
  • Wednesday 20 July – Precious Pollinators. With bees and butterflies under increasing threat, explore the habitats where they thrive and discover what you can do to help give them a chance.
  • Thursday 21 July – Wonderful Water. Looking at the array of water habitats to be found in the South Downs, including dew ponds and globally-rare chalk streams.
  • Friday 22 July – Wondrous Woodlands. With more woodland than any other National Park in England or Wales, venture into the South Downs treescape to experience this wondrous habitat!
  • Saturday 23 July – Heavenly Heathlands. Home to reptiles, amphibians and groundnesting birds, lowland heath is a threatened habitat. Thanks to the work of the Heathlands Reunited project, nature recovery is underway and the results are remarkable.
  • Sunday 24 July – Be Inspired! If the rest of the week wasn’t enough, let us inspire you to get outside, connect with stories from the landscape and share how you can get involved in your own ReNaturing activity!


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