Levin Down

A superb example of chalk grassland and scrub, rich in flowers and butterflies

Levin Down is easy to see. As you come over the ridge at Goodwood racecourse it stands alone – a hill covered in natural scrubby grass­land; the olive green hues are so different from the synthetic emerald of the agricultural fields and viridian forestry plantations that form the surrounding landscape. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest; indeed the reason that Levin has so much of its wildlife value still intact is hinted at in the name, which is derived from ‘Leave-Alone Hill’, meaning that the land was too steep for the plough or other intensive agriculture.

News from Levin Down

    • Be tick aware

      Be tick aware

      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.

    • BBC Countryfile visits Levin Down

      BBC Countryfile visits Levin Down

      Adam Henson from BBC Countryfile, came to Levin Down with a very special delivery: three of his own rare breed Exmoor ponies.

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