We run a program of talks and other events open to the public which complement our objective of preserving and protecting the South Downs National Park. Our aim is to update our members and supporters of our campaigns and activities.
On-line talk by Stephanie West, the UK Biodiversity Training Manager at the Natural History Museum
The Friends of the South Downs are delighted to have held our first on-line talk, given by Stephanie West, UK Biodiversity Training Manager at the Natural History Museum. Steph knows the South Downs well and will shared both her love of the special landscape and her knowledge of the varied plant and animal life in the area.
Steph spoke about the history of the natural history of the Downs, focussing on the contribution of the naturalist Gilbert White and his exploration of the flora and fauna of the Downs 300 years ago. While White is best known for his study of the wildlife around his home in Selborne, in this talk Steph particularly followed his journeys across the Downs to his Aunt’s home in Ringmer and considering how White’s work contributed to the study of natural history as a whole as well as our understanding of how the Downs have changed over time.
We are hoping that this talk will inspire all age groups.
The talk was recorded and you can now watch it below.