Now in its 29th year, the Downlands Partnership provides an established urban fringe countryside management service, enhancing the local environment for people and wildlife.
The aims of the Partnership encompass the whole range of countryside management activities relating to access, landscape, biodiversity, sustainability, information and community involvement. The Partnership area contains a variety of habitats and features, but is dominated by the important and threatened chalk downland habitat found on the scarp and dip slopes of the North Downs.
Its area of operation covers countryside sites, many being LNRs and/or SSSIs (Local Nature Reserves/Sites of Special Scientific Interest) in northeast Surrey and adjoining parts of Croydon and Sutton. The rolling chalk hills and associated valleys give rise to stunning scenery; the sites are managed in partnership with local authorities and private land owners.
The Downlands Partnership has its own flock of sheep (breeds: Herdwick, Beulah Speckled Face & Jacob), Sussex cattle and British feral goats, that successfully graze the chalk downland as part of the long-term management programme. Find out more @downygrazers and Facebook.
The Partnership has been extremely successful in achieving a wide range of countryside improvements and generating support and involvement in practical conservation from local communities, including corporates.
A dedicated, enthusiastic group of countryside volunteers help support the work of the Partnership and new volunteers are always very welcome; why not check out the varied programme of volunteer tasks on offer throughout the year? Also have a look at our new Facebook page, which features news and photos from our weekly task programme and more.
Volunteering in the glorious local countryside is great for happiness, health and habitat. Come and join our conservation crew!