Changing Chalk

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the 6 January 2021 drop-in session due to updated COVID-19 restrictions.

The Changing Chalk partnership is working with local communities and landowners to connect people with nature and address challenges facing the Sussex Downs, in order to protect this fragile chalk grassland landscape for future generations. The partnership is led by the National Trust and supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

As part of this project, Sussex Wildlife Trust is considering how to improve Ditchling Beacon for people and wildlife. Before coming to any conclusions, we are anxious to get the views of people and organisations that value the site as an important greenspace or have a specialist interest in its wildlife, history, status as common land or other features. We are therefore running a consultation between now and 15 January 2021.

Please note that the consultation deadline has been extended and additional face-to-face and online events have been added.


If you would like to take part in the consultation please take a look at the Ditchling Beacon consultation presentation and complete the online questionnaire. 

Watch consultation presentation

Complete questionnaire

You can also download pdf versions

If you prefer not to use the online version of the questionnaire, please email a completed copy to [email protected]. Or you can send a paper version to Ditchling Beacon consultation, c/o Fenella Lewin, Practice Manager, Footprint Ecology, Bere Road, Cold Harbour, Wareham, BH20 7PA.

If you would like to send a more detailed response for consideration, you can send this to the same address.  


In order to provide more information on the challenges facing Ditchling Beacon and the management options available we are holding some virtual and online events. Please note that attendance at any of these events is not essential prior to completing the consultation questionnaire.

On-site events

  • CANCELLED - Wednesday 6 January 2021 - Drop by to meet Sussex Wildlife Trust staff at the Ditchling Beacon car park between 8:00 and 13:00 for a socially distanced, outdoors opportunity to discuss the future management of the site - Unfortunately we have had to cancel this drop-in session due to updated COVID-19 restrictions.

Virtual events

  • Wednesday 16 December 2020 at 19:00 - 20:00 - Join in a hour-long webinar (online presentation with the facility to post questions) with Reserves Officer Steve Tilman and commons consultation experts Footprint Ecology. Please register your interest by emailing [email protected] if you would like to attend.

Alternatively, you will be able to view a recorded version of the talk after these dates (please contact Footprint Ecology to receive a link).

We very much hope that these dates will not change, but due to uncertainties around the Covid-19 situation, please check back here before attending.

Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

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