Things to see & do

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What's on

We host a range of walks from nightjar spotting to autumnal strolls. Please check our events listing for further details.

June highlights

Spotted: a Dartford warbler in the gorse © National Trust/Michael Clarke

The Dartford warbler is the rarest of eight species of warbler that visit and can be seen all year on the south-west slopes. Bell heather is in full bloom absolutely everywhere.


July highlights

The secretive Woodlark staking its territory © National Trust

See the distinctive black and yellow male dragonflies suddenly bursting into flight on the bog ponds. Also, listen out for the ‘loo-loo-loo’ song of the woodlark on the heathlands.

August highlights

Gorse Black Down © Nigel Hester

Golden flowers of yellow gorse can be seen all over Black Down. The heady scent of the heather attracts a diverse array of insects that buzz busily in the open heathland.

Apple pressing day

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 and make your own apple juice and cider.