Our work

Reptile survey

Adder basking in the spring sunshine

Adder basking in the spring sunshine

You may see some pieces corrugated metal or pieces of felt on the cliffs, this is part of a survey by the Kent Reptile & Amphibian Group (KRAG), who are working with us to see if there are adders here. The metal and felt will get warm in the spring sunshine and the adders will be drawn to them as a place to warm up after hibernation. Please don’t move the felt or metal as it may disturb the adders.

What we're working on this summer

  • Cutting back paths to improve public access
  • Reparing steps and handrails
  • Mowing to mimic the grazing of the ponies in areas that are difficult to get to; which helps the grassland plants to prosper.
  • Improving the presentation of the site, repairing fences and checking signs and seats.
  • Helping get the tunnels at Fan Bay ready to open
  • Putting out new bins and picnic benches
  • Moving the ponies to graze in the new compartment opposite the visitor centre

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.


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.