The fight against plastic pollution, reptile conservation and protecting our vital pollinators will be among the themes as young people across the South are invited to the South Downs National Park this summer.
A series of exciting and informative “Youth Action Days” will take place throughout August across the National Park.
The days, which are free and open to anyone aged 16 to 25, are part of the national Year of Green Action, which is encouraging young people to participate in environmental action and share their experiences using the hashtag #iwill4nature.
The summer programme kicks off on Monday, August 5 at the iconic Seven Sisters Country Park, in East Sussex, with a beach clean to remove plastic pollution that washes up on the shoreline and threatens wildlife. Across the UK, scores of birds, seals and other marine animals are killed every year from plastic litter which they mistake as food. Volunteers will also be able to learn about the incredible fauna and flora of Seven Sisters and the Cuckmere Valley.
Young people are also invited to an action day at the River Rother, Petersfield, Hampshire, where they can help rangers remove invasive plant species from the riverbanks and survey insects living in the river.
Snakes, lizards and slow worms will be the focus of another action day at Iping and Stedham Commons, near Midhurst, West Sussex, as young people discover the amazing South Downs heathland, a habitat rarer than the rainforest.
Truleigh Hill, near Shoreham, and Kithurst Hill, near Worthing, will be the two last venues as participants can learn about microvolunteering, how to use social media to promote environmental action and how to protect precious pollinators like butterflies and bees.
For full details please see www.southdowns.gov.uk/make-difference-summer-join-youth-action-day/
The full programme of Youth Action Days
Plastic Pollution action day at Seven Sisters Country Park
Join us in the South Downs National Park for a plastic pollution action day at Seven Sisters Country Park. We’ll be doing a beach clean to remove plastic pollution washing up on the shoreline to protect wildlife and our environment.
You will also get the chance to learn about the amazing wildlife habitats we have along the Sussex coast.
Date: Monday 5 August 2019
Time: 11an – 3pm
Restore the Rivers action day at Rotherlands Local Nature Reserve
This is your chance to help river wildlife and to learn more about their habitats. National Park rangers need your help to pull invasive Himalayan balsam from the river banks and to survey for insects living in the river.
Date: Wednesday 7 August 2019
Time: 11am – 3pm
Help the Heaths action day at Iping and Stedham Commons
Heathland is one of the rarest habitats in the world and some of the heathland sites in the South Downs are the only places in the country where you will spot all 12 native reptile and amphibian species.
National Park rangers will be guiding you on how to identify reptiles like common lizards and slow worms and show you how you can help to protect their habitat.
Date: Monday 12 August 2019
Time: 11am – 3pm
Microvolunteering action day at Truleigh Hill
Join us in the South Downs National Park for a microvolunteering day at Truleigh Hill on the South Downs Way!
We need help promoting the voices of young people in the South Downs and we want you to help us! There will be several activities and sessions learning about how to use social media effectively, getting the most out of your camera phone and more. We also want to create a multimedia piece using your content to publish on our Instagram, Twitter, Facebook pages and our website.
Date: Wednesday 14 August 2019
Time: 11am – 3pm
Precious Pollinators action day at Kithurst Hill
This is your chance to help protect our precious pollinators like butterflies and bees and to learn more about their habitats.
National Park rangers will be guiding you on how to identify butterflies and how to submit sightings on a smartphone, as well as guiding you around the South Downs to learn about the history and wildlife found there.
Date: Thursday 22 August 2019
Time: 9.30am – 1.30pm