Lavington Common

Heather putting on a purple display in August on Lavington Common, with pine trees scattered across the landscape

A rare pocket of open heath amongst plantation woodland

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Family fun

Family activities for outdoors adventures 

We've got lots of fun activities to try on your next family adventure. Discover wildlife at the places in our care using our handy spotter guides or have a go at activities inspired by the colours and sounds of nature.

A sand lizard at Studland

Heathalnds Reunited sculpture trail

South Downs heathlands support all 12 of our native amphibians and reptiles. Lavington Common provides a home for all 3 types of lizard that rely on heaths; slow worms, common and sand lizards can all be found here. During the breeding season male sand lizards adopt a bright green coloration to attract a mate. They were once nearly extinct in Britain and are now protected by law, and are still classed as an endangered species.

Visitors dog-walking at Ickworth, Suffolk

Taking the lead on the South Downs 

The South Downs are a great place to walk your dog, so there's always somewhere near to you where you can enjoy this rich countryside throughout the year.

Lavington Common

Our work

 Panoramic view at sunset in August from Devil's Dyke, South Downs, West Sussex

South Downs sites we look after  

Discover the incredible diversity of countryside sites across the South Downs, from chalk grassland to river valleys, beech hangars and chalk cliffs.