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New initiative will inspire more people to learn about their local heath - South Downs National Park Authority

An exciting new partnership is being launched to inspire more people to learn about their local heath and help care for the rare wildlife.

Whitehill Town Council is teaming up with the South Downs National Park’s Heathlands Reunited initiative, which is working to protect heathlands that are among the world’s rarest habitats.

The Town Council will be funding a seasonal Engagement Ranger for Broxhead and Kingsley Commons, near Bordon. Delivered by the Heathlands Reunited team, the ranger will be onsite from March to September and will be running a series of wildlife identification, guided walks and dog walking activities.

The appointed Engagement Ranger will also be offering talks and site visits to local community groups and schools in the Whitehill and Bordon area.

Both Broxhead and Kingsley Commons are what remain of a vast lowland heathland habitat that once stretched across Hampshire and Sussex and is now confined to a few isolated pockets. Both are Special Protection Areas and support several rare species such as the European Nightjar, Dartford Warbler, Sand Lizard, and the Silver-studded Blue and Grayling butterflies.

Katy Sherman, Heathlands Reunited Activities and Engagement Officer, said: “We’re really pleased to be announcing this new initiative that brings the community together to care for our precious heaths. It combines the tremendous enthusiasm there is locally in Whitehill and Bordon to care for these wildlife havens with the expertise and knowledge of the Heathlands Reunited project.

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