Heathland covers just one per cent of the South Downs National Park, mostly separated into ‘islands’ where isolated plants and animals are far more vulnerable to local extinction. Heathland is rarer than rainforest and home to all 12 of our native reptiles and amphibians.
The Heathlands Reunited Project, is a partnership of 11 like-minded organisations, led by the South Downs National Park Authority. The project runs for 5 years from 2016-2021 and covers 41 heathland sites.
One of the project's aims is to re-engage and inspire communities to visit their heathlands, learn more about them and work together to look after them so they can be enjoyed for generations to come. To that end, they have organised and are publicising a 'Walk the Heath', heathland dog walking week linked with the 'Take The Lead' campaign for responsible dog ownership on the South Downs. The between 14th and 18th of August.