Black Down

A view over the sloping purple heather at Black Down towards the distant horizon, with tall pine trees to either side.

Walking and wandering

Upcoming events

Nightjar walk on Black Down

Wed 05 Jun 2019
21:30-23:00
Spend a high Summer evening in search of the elusive Nightjar on a guided walk lead by National Trust Ranger Spike Brooker

Big Camp on Black Down

Sat 22 Jun 2019
11:00-11:00
Come and take part in a truly wild camping experience on Black Down.

Countryside Crafts Day

Sat 27 Jul 2019
10:30-16:00
Bring the family down to the farm for traditional craft demonstrations and with opportunities to join in.

Community apple pressing day

Sat 28 Sep 2019
10:30-16:00
Join in a free, family-friendly apple day at Swan Barn Farm. Bring along your own apples or simply join the rangers in using our fantastic heritage press and scratter to make your own apple juice and cider.
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History

A selection of worked flints found at Black Down, including arrowheads and axes, laid out in a display

Ancient finds 

Prehistoric flints, ancient tracks across the land and so much more – our research reveals treasures in this fantastic landscape.

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Wildlife

There's more to bats than meets the eye

Reconnecting Wild Sussex – Bats in the Landscape 

The dense woods, patchwork of fields and scattered parkland trees of the West Sussex Downs are a stronghold for some of Britain’s rarest bats, and we're working on improving our habitats for these flying mammals.

A view over the sloping purple heather at Black Down towards the distant horizon, with tall pine trees to either side.

Saving our heathlands in the South Downs 

The Heathlands Reunited project aims to create and improve heathland at 41 sites covering an area greater than 1,200 football pitches. Find out more about this exciting partnership project.