Five Fascinating Facts about . . . Ditchling Beacon

, 06 December 2012

Ditchling Beacon will benefit from The Big Give Christmas Challenge.round-headed rampion / Simon Colmer

Please donate at 10 a.m. on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December and your donation could be doubled.

Thank you for supporting the work of the Sussex Wildlife Trust.

Ditchling Beacon offers superb panoramic views across the Sussex Weald, but what else do you know about this Sussex Wildlife Trust nature reserve in the heart of the South Downs?

Ditchling Beacon / David Plummer
Ditchling Beacon / David Plummer

Five Fascinating Facts . . .

  1. The 'beacons' were huge bonfires which were lit along the south coast to warn about invasion such as the Spanish Armada. More recently they have been used to celebrate national events such the Queen's Jubilee.
  2. Round-headed rampion, also know as the ‘the Pride of Sussex’ grows here in good numbers.
  3. Corn buntings likes to sit on fence posts and have a song like jangling keys.
  4. The South Downs Way, a long distance footpath which cuts through this nature reserve, is 100 miles long.
  5. An Iron Age hillfort built of the top of the site was part of a ancient network of forts along the South Downs including Mount Caburn and Cissbury Ring.

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