Black Down

Heathland in bloom on Black Down with grazing belted galloway cows

The highest point in the South Downs National Park

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Things to see and do

Walk our trails

Close up of Nightjar perched on Rangers hand

Nightjar walk on Black Down

Spend a mid-summers evening discovering all about the history and ecology of this rare heathland bird, and hopefully hear its characteristic 'churring' call.

Campers gathered round fire enjoying live music from The Burning Glass

Big Camp on Black Down 

Come and take part in a truly wild camping experience on Black Down. Discover wildlife, listen to music, settle next to a campfire and fall into slumber with the sounds of nature.

Upcoming events

Big Camp up on Black Down

Sat 16 Jul 2016
Come and take part in a truly wild camping experience on Black Down.

Countryside Crafts Day 2016

Sat 23 Jul 2016
Bring the family down to the farm for traditional craft demonstrations and with opportunities to join in.

Community apple pressing day 2016

Sat 24 Sep 2016
Join in a free, family-friendly apple day at Swan Barn Farm. Bring along your own apples and join in using our fantastic heritage press and scratter to make your own apple juice and cider.
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A selection of worked flints found at Black Down, including arrowheads and axes, laid out in a display

Ancient finds 

Prehistoric flints, ancient tracks across the land and so much more – our research reveals treasures in this fantastic landscape.

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Get involved

Three volunteers stard in a woodland huddled round a white sweep net examining the contents for insects

Join the team 

There's always something to do behind the scenes at Black Down and we wouldn't be able to get it all done without our fantastic team of volunteers. There are many volunteering opportunities to choose from and we always welcome new members to our friendly team.