Stiles are expensive and necessary bits of countryside furniture, and we have literally hundreds of them across our estate. Glen has made a good chunk of them, and we are very lucky to have such a craftsman volunteering his time. He also volunteers his knowledge too and has been passing on this knowledge to ready apprentices Emily and Jennie. Here they are with their stile, which is about to be installed in the Saddle Field across the road from the farm.
News from Devil's Dyke and Saddlescombe
From our base Saddlescombe Farm, National Trust staff and volunteers work tirelessly to conserve and enhance the natural environment of the Devil's Dyke estate. At a mere 3,500 acres, covering twelve different sites from Wolstonbury Hill in the east, to Highdown and Cissbury Ring in the west, we have our work cut out for us.
Without our dedicated efforts the landscape here on the downs would change, threatening the loss of many of the endangered and special species we play host to.
So, in between endless bouts of scrub bashing and ragwort pulling, it's good to take a step back and appreciate the results of the work done here.
With so much wildlife around us there is always something new to see throughout each season. Here we share some of the marvellous plants, birds, animals, and other things we see here, along with various projects we have been working on.
09 Feb 19
Master stile maker and his apprentices
23 Jan 19
This Monday our TiN volunteers started on a new project at the top of Newtimber Holt. Work began opening up the canopy to bring in light, with the trees cleared used to make a deer and cow barrier for our new hazel coppice. Light and warmth create new growth, more flowers and more food for our birds and mammals. Wildlife monitoring started too; nibbled hazel nuts were collected and will be sent off to see what small creatures live here … wood mice definitely, but do we have dormice?
04 Dec 18
Winter work for summer wildlife
The scrub bashing season is well underway now. One of the areas we are clearing this season is the ramparts on Cissbury ring. Cissbury is one of the top butterfly sites in the country, and is getting better. Scrub clearance and the nibbling mouths of New Forest ponies help ensure that the chalk grassland on the ring stays in good condition, so the butterflies and the plants they live off can continue to thrive.