Our work

Scrub clearance

Taking care of the landscape

Taking care of the landscape

Scrub, which is small trees and bushes, will develop naturally on any land that isn’t managed. We control the growth of scrub with our heard of Exmoor ponies, but we also need to clear patches of scrub to help the chalk grassland plants to thrive. We’ll be removing some of the scrub on Foxhill Down this winter as part of our programme of work, so you may see us if you’re out for a walk.

What we're working on this Autumn

  • Clearing the scrub around Fan Bay Deep Shelter, ready for the archaeological work to begin.
  • Improving the presentation of the site, repairing fences and checking signs and seats.
  • Mowing to mimic the grazing of the ponies in areas that are difficult to get to; which helps the grassland plants to prosper.
  • Refurbishing picnic benches, ready for next year.
  • Controlling scrub re-growth on recently cleared areas.

The secret life of bats

We’ve taken part in a survey to learn more about bats that visit the cliffs. We hope to find out about the different species that live here and where they’ve come from.

White Cliffs wildlife

We do all we can to protect the environment for plants and animals. The cliffs are a hugely important habitat for rare wildflowers and many types of birds nest on the cliff-face. 

Caring for the cliffs

Our conservation team work hard throughout the year to maintain the cliffs for visitors and wildlife alike, find out what we do and why we do it.

Working together

We're working with then Up on The Downs Landscape Partnership to improve the cliffs for visitors and wildlife, as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project.

Volunteers

Helping care for this special place

Our conservation volunteers form the backbone of most of the work that we do here to conserve the clifftop environment. Meeting weekly the team help with everything from fencing and step repairs.

Join in

Find out all the latest information and photos from the cliffs and what we are doing to protect them. You can also find out how you can join in with our work.

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