North Downs chalk downland
The chalk downland is a special type of grassland habitat, found on chalk hills such as the North Downs. It’s an extremely fragile and threatened habitat and is now very rare in the UK.
Looking after the chalk downland
We need to carefully manage our chalk downland or we’ll lose this habitat; it’ll be replaced by woodland through a natural process called succession. This is done by clearing scrub (bushes and little trees) and conservation grazing by our Belted Galloway cattle.
Rich flora and fauna
Reigate Hill and Gatton Park is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England for its rich variety of flora and fauna. Many rare butterflies and plants, 40 different species can grow in just one square metre, thrive on the chalk downland.