Ranger diaries: behind the scenes during lockdown in the South Downs

Heathland in bloom on Black Down with grazing belted galloway cows

The UK may be in lockdown, but work has to go on to care for our animals in the South Downs. See the cattle and newborn lambs on our Lead Ranger's daily rounds on the Black Down estate and find out about the essential work that goes on behind the scenes.

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Caring for our animals

During lockdown, National Trust ranger teams are still working hard to make sure special places and the creatures that live there are well cared for. In this film, the Black Down countryside team move their Belted Galloway cattle to their new summer grazing.

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The lambs arrive

Spring is here and nature isn't in lockdown so our National Trust rangers are still working hard to make sure special places and the creatures that live there are well cared for. In this film Black Down lead ranger, David Elliott, checks on the newborn lambs at Swan Barn Farm.

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Dealing with storm damage

Lockdown doesn't mean National Trust rangers can put their feet up. Even during this difficult period, our teams are doing their best to make sure special places are well cared for. In this film we're clearing away fallen trees and repairing fences to make fields safe for our rare breed longhorn cattle.