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As the weather hots up, please remember to put out water for thirsty wildlife

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I got a pond, bird bath plus a stainless steel cat bowl on the bird table to keep all my visitors hydrated. ☺
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Four Hobbies have been seen regularly over the the pond at the end of the boardwalk giving wonderfully close views along with Swifts, House and Sand Martins. Also on the pond are the first brood of Mallards. Sedge and Reed warblers are now in full voice…
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Please watch and share this inspiring plea from a young naturalist calling on all politicians to Act for Nature

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BBC #Countryfile visit Levin Down nature reserve #Chichester
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What’s your Wild Life?
All our lives are better when they’re a bit wild
We want to show how much nature matters to all our lives, so we’re showcasing hundreds of stories from all walks of life to show how nature is helping us all, everyday. Tell us why wildlife and wild places matter to you, read the stories, or share your wild life with us
http://www.mywildlife.org.uk/
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Local ceramicist Helen Hodson has kindly donated three of her blue baby badgers to support the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Sussex Badger appeal.

If you would like the chance to give one of our badgers a home please bid to our Blind Auction here: http://www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/blog/2015/01/bid-for-a-badger/

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Poppy Fields at Blackpatch Covert - South Downs Walks. New blog post.
Springtime was very much over, the bright yellow fields of rapeseed all but vanished from the South Downs National Park. Swaying fields of wheat, a contrasting lush green under hot yellow summer sun now covered the landscape.

Splattered like random giant paint drops, amongst these fields of green were vivid red poppies, emerging from the disturbed land adding a dash of brilliant colour.

Finding the South Downs Poppies.

I hadn't planned on discovering poppies on this walk, I was heading to Blackpatch Hill because I enjoy the peaceful location.
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An 11.49 mile walk to Blackpatch Hill in the West Sussex South Downs. I saw fields of poppies and wheat along my walk. Words, photos and maps from my trip.
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Weasel on a woodpecker flies again thanks to a Sussex potter.
Helen Hodson was so inspired by WeaselPecker, so re-created the pair in clay and is now auctioning her creation in aid of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. You can bid here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Weaselpecker-hanging-ceramic-sculpture-by-Helen-Hodson-/231542205736

Find out more about #WeaselPecker here: http://www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/blog/2015/04/the-return-of-weaselpecker/

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April has seen a rapid acceleration in wildlife activity, as the increased amount of sunlight and rise in temperatures triggers natural growth and animal behaviour. It has been a particularly good month for early blossoming trees and shrubs, such as…
April has seen a rapid acceleration in wildlife activity, as the increased amount of sunlight and rise in temperatures triggers natural growth and animal behaviour. It has been a particularly good ...
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Sunrise at The Seven Sisters, as we conduct a rockpool survey as part of the Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone in East Sussex
Please show your support for creating more Marine Conservation Zones here: http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/saveMCZs

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Sussex Wildlife Trust's CEO, Dr Tony Whitbread, discusses the spread of ash dieback 
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Visit www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk tomorrow to find out more

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Woods Mill Shoreham Rd Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9SD, United Kingdom
Shoreham RoadGBWest SussexHenfieldBN5 9SD
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Jenny Taylor
3 weeks ago
Edit === Since there is no facility to post a follow-up response and my initial review was severely truncated anyway, I should like to advise the so-called Sussex Wildlife Trust of the following, in numerical order as per their polemic. 1. Grazing on the Ashdown Forest was traditionally cattle, pigs and subsequently sheep. However, Charolais from France and Exmoor ponies from Devon were never involved. Is that why you need to fence them in? 2. Dogs run on the paths and firebreaks, where no birds nest whatsoever. Adders are found all over the Ashdown Forest, so don't feign concern on that front, lol... 3. The so-called ponds at Old Lodge are generally stagnant and for the most part dry in summer. This is of no use to the life cycle of a dragonfly nymph, although they continue to flourish outside of your so-called 'reserve'. 4. The ironically named Trust almost universally fells silver birch, present on the Ashdown Forest since Neolithic times for certain, not pine as they suggest. Go figure on this one folks, and the ecological disaster that is pine. 5. We heard a cuckoo at Old Lodge this year for the first time in decades, while others report having noted this bird for maybe the past three years. The other species mentioned we have unfortunately never witnessed in over five decades of living and walking on the Ashdown Forest, an area notorious for its lack of avian activity. 6. Scientific research, you say? Historical research might stand you in better stead. In short, the whole Ashdown Forest looks spectacular at any time. To quote your chief executive Tony Whitbread: “In general, nature conservation is moving out of nature reserves and restoring a living landscape across the whole environment.” Thank you so much! [Edit End] This is a very specific review concerning the activities of the Sussex Wildlife Trust (SWL) on the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, where they have established a stronghold (reserve?) referred to on their website as Old Lodge. If you were to visit their site and check out the few elements of it that function correctly, you'd realise they have their fingers in a number of pies. This leads to a superficial understanding of several issues, but a knowledge of virtually none. Unfortunately this is evidenced by their attitude and activities in an area of the Sussex countryside that has been shaped by human interaction over thousands of years, yet remains a uniquely wild area within an overcrowded region of the southern UK. The countryside is not a playground for those with expensive cameras and long lenses to enjoy in their spare time. It is a living and breathing entity that includes and exists because of those who have lived, loved, walked and worked in a particular region though all weathers and at every time of the day, often over decades and for generations. The SWL can claim little regard for history or how this ecosystem has survived untarnished before they came along. They talk about access yet the reserve is heavily fenced, in a part of the world that has always been proud to let people and animals wander unhindered. Dogs are supposed to be kept on a tight leash, while throughout the rest of Ashdown Forest they must simply be under control, as on paths and firebreaks they do no harm whatsoever and enhance the amenity value of this wonderful area. So-called ponds have been dug to attract dragonflies, yet as these never existed previously, few will be flooded throughout the time it takes a dragonfly nymph to develop, while the marshy ground and streams elsewhere remain as full of these insects as they always were. Exmoor ponies have been introduced from Devon and Charolais cows from France, while the evocative silver birch woodland is being decimated in favour of the ecological disaster that is pine. Nesting boxes have been nailed up everywhere and remain almost universally empty, while the birdlife advertised on the SWL website is for those who visit regularly, only notable by its absence. In short, this reserve is an unmitigated disaster from almost every point of view...
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Response from the owner - 4 weeks ago
Here is our response to some of comments raised in Jenny Taylor's review. 1. The reserve is fenced to allow our grazing animals to be safe and at the correct density to help manage the reserve for the rare wildlife found there. As Jenny states the heath landscape of the Ashdown Forest was created by humans clearing the woodland, grazing management allows to rare heathland plants and animals to survive. 2. We require dogs to be kept on a lead during the nesting season. Many rare heathland birds, such as the woodlark, are ground nesting and easily disturbed by running dogs. Also adders are found at this nature reserve. 3. The ponds at Old Lodge have been a great success, many rare dragonflies now thrive at this site and it is one of the best places for dragonflies on the Ashdown Forest. 4. The pine at Old Lodge is an old plantation, which was planted before the Trust was involved in the site, the Trust has cleared much of this pine from the site and is restoring these areas to heathland. 5. Old Lodge is great for birdlife, nightjar, woodcock, stonechat, cuckoo etc can all be seen at this site. 6. All management decisions are based on scientific research, copies of the Old Lodge management plan are available to view at the Trust's Woods Mill offices Old Lodge nature reserve is certainly worth a visit, it is interesting at all times of the year, but looks spectacular in the late summer when the heather is in flower. Visit our webpage here: https://www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/visit/old-lodge
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3 years ago
An amazing place to visit! highly recommend it.