A WILDLIFE haven held a free family event hosted by the National Trust in partnership with South Downs National Park last Thursday.
Ludshott Common is one of the largest remaining areas of heathland in East Hampshire, covering 700 acres, and is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Protection Area, due to the number of endangered species, including woodlark, nightjar and Dartford warbler. The common, near Grayshott, is also home to a great many butterflies, including silver-studded blue, grayling and green hairstreak.
Families were invited in to learn more about its rare wildlife, hidden treasures and to travel back in time to discover how their ancestors used heaths in the past and have a go at pole lathing and archery.
Visitors could also meet the cattle who help care for the heathland, enjoy some heather honey ice cream created by Dylan’s and discover how they can help out, too, by joining the Heathlands Reunited project.
Project manager Bruce Middleton (pictured far left) said:“We had a great day with the local community, sharing the stories of Ludshott Common – the heath’s history, wildlife and why we want people to get involved in caring for it - even in the rain.
“There are so many ways that people can get involved, from monitoring wildlife to collecting oral histories.”
• People can get in touch by emailing heathlands@south downs.gov.uk to find out more about the project.