Picturesque rolling downland with chalk grassland flowers and butterflies, set in a working livestock farm as part of the wider Malling Downs area.
Our Downland nature reserves at Southerham Farm and Malling Down sit on the fringes of the East Sussex county town of Lewes, with Malling Down dominating the easterly skyline of this quaint historic town.
Both sit within the chalk massif of the Lewes Downs and are part of the South Downs National Park. They share their space with Glyndbourne and Glynde estates and the Lewes Golf Course. The ancient hillfort of Mount Caburn is found on the south easterly corner of the Lewes Downs overlooking the main stretch of the South Downs separated by the River Ouse and surrounding wet meadows that extend down to the sea at Newhaven. This ancient hillfort is often highlighted by paragliders hanging in mid-air above its earth works.
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15 June 2022
Now summer is here it is a good time to brush up on your knowledge of ticks, where they live and what sensible precautions you can take.
25 March 2020
Glenn Norris on the hunt for the Great Crested Newt
06 July 2019
There are few sights more spectacular than a wildflower meadow in full bloom. Packed with nectar-rich flowers and humming with insect life, these botanical hotspots will soon be looking their best and today, 6 July, marks National Meadows Day - a celebration of our glorious grasslands and the wealth of wildlife they support.
22 February 2019
All about Patsy the sheepdog puppy, and why sheep are so important in maintaining precious chalk downland in which wildlife can thrive