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Downlands Partnership

Now in its 30th anniversary 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 rare 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 NE 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 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 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 & join our happy conservation crew!

The Downlands Partnership also has its own flock of sheep (breeds: Herdwick, Beulah Speckled Face & Jacob), Sussex cattle and British feral goats, that seasonally graze the chalk downland as part of the long-term countryside management partnership programme. Find out more @downygrazers and Facebook.

There will be some special celebratory events happening during summer/autumn 2018 to mark our landmark 30th year, so watch this space for details very soon!