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Soberton Down Work Parties - Volunteers Welcome!

Regular work parties on a Tuesday morning throughout the winter have cleared all the patches of scrub on the main slopes, taken out re-growth of areas cut last year and cut access channels through the scrub along the bottom of the slope. A team of volunteers from the South Downs National Park boosted our efforts enormously with a couple of  one day assaults on the thickets along the pathway up to the Down. We are extremely grateful for their help and hope to welcome them back later this year.

Volunteers have worked in all weathers, but mainly bright sunshine, supported by Dexter cattle from Mark Black Farming during the winter months. The most recent sessions have included ragwort-pulling (see pic below) and butterfly and insect surveys.

A track along the top of the Down and an old diagonal track running up from the slope at the back of Birds Eye View now make it possible for visitors to enjoy the Downland flowers and orchids. For full details see our progress report here                                                 

About SoberNewts - to find out more click here

We publish details of our work parties and events on our Facebook page. We also have an email distribution list for up-to-date information and reminders about our events. If you would like to be added to the distribution list send an email to phil.bergin@btinternet.com 

How to Join Us: Membership rates: £2 for individual, £3 for family. You can join at one of our events or by contacting Sarah Walton, Blue Marlin, Liberty Road or email: andyw_sarahm@yahoo.co.uk


SoberNewts 2015 Report For a full summary of our  work over the past 18 months plus lots of pictures click here 

Aquatic Survey Newtown March 2104 The full survey can be read here

Moth Surveys 2015 click here 2013 click here  2012 click here  2011 click here 

Opening up the moth trap (left) and an elephant hawk moth (right)