Celebrating National Meadows Day on the South Downs

Downland view of flowers and skyline on Harting Hill

Visitors to the South Downs on Saturday 1 July are invited to join in and celebrate our wild flowers and grassland on National Meadows Day. The National Trust Rangers will be working in partnership with Plantlife and volunteers to showcase the amazing wildflowers and insects that can be found in the species rich meadows of the South Downs.

Fiona Scully, National Trust Ranger, says “The diversity of the flowers and sheer number of insects and reptiles found everywhere from cities to village greens wildlife reserves, gardens, allotments and farms is incredible.  National Meadows Day aims to help increase awareness of this important habitat and all its associated wildlife by increasing understanding through fun and family-friendly activities”

The National Trust will be holding three events across the South Downs at Frog Firle Farm in East Sussex, and Bignor and Harting Down in West Sussex.

Summer buzz at Bignor
10am – 4pm

On National Meadows Day come and enjoy the wonderful wildlife at Bignor Top on this fun day for all the family.While staff and volunteers conduct plant surveys, enjoy a picnic; join a guided walk; talk to the experts; find out what you can do to help our wild flowers and insects or just enjoy the views and grassland with refreshments, face painting and family activities.

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National Meadows day at Harting Down
2-4pm

Come and celebrate our wildflower meadows and find out about the diversity of plants and insects on this special bit of chalk grassland. Once part of our old farming heritage our remaining species rich grasslands are now vastly diminished. Take part in a plant survey, make your own herbarium, do a bug hunt and discover a wealth of insects.
Meeting point
Meet at Harting Down car park 2pm off the B2141 between South Harting and Chilgrove.

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Magnificent meadows at Frog Firle Farm
2-4pm

Come to Frog Firle Farm in the Cuckmere Valley to discover wonderful wildflower meadows and try meadow sweeping in the floodplain to find bugs with our ranger.
Cuckmere valley is an amazing place to discover the value of wildflowers and pollinators which is fun for adults and children alike.  All equipment is provided by our Bug Team but you can bring your own nets and guidebooks if you have them - and please wear weather appropriate clothing and suitable footwear

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