Our work

Countryside, coast and conservation

Catch the sunset at Birling Gap from the beach © Vivienne Blakey

Catch the sunset at Birling Gap from the beach

This fantastic countryside property is a wonderful collection of different habitats. The combination of chalk grassland, mixed scrub, unimproved coastal grassland, shingle beach and wave cut platform make this an incredibly important site both locally, nationally and internationally. It supports a wide array of wildlife, some rare and some more common, but all of it beautiful. It takes a great deal of planning and management to keep this countryside in the best condition possible. The rangers and volunteers are always busy, managing scrub, mending and replacing fences, clearing footpaths, mowing meadows, carrying out wildlife surveys, or clearing litter. The list of jobs is endless and there is always something to do, from general day to day maintenance to exciting new projects.

Delicious homemade cake from our cafe

Delicious homemade cake from our cafe

Every penny counts...

The cafe and shop are an important part of our work here.  They provide visitors with the opportunity to buy souvenirs and gifts in the shop, and enjoy delicious food overlooking the beautiful cliffs and sea.  More importantly, every penny of profit goes directly towards managing Birling Gap and the other wonderful South Downs countryside sites. 

Family focussed fun activites

Slow worm © John Millar

Slow worm

Birling Gap is a fantastic place for fun filled family events. There are planned activities throughout the year, but also plenty of opportunities for self guided discovery. The visitor centre is a brilliant place to discover more about the local area, and a great place to start your journey. Activities and events help us to help our visitors have fun and get more from their visit, and hopefully give them a reason to return and continue to support the work we do.