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.

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Reserve size:
28 hectares

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Reserve profile


What you might see

Getting around



Early Summer at Levin Down

Early Summer at Levin Down

Rob Eadie, Volunteer Reserve Manager for Levin Down shares some of the recent wildlife sightings from this superb chalk downland nature reserve

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.

Robot chores

Robot chores

Sam Roberts find out how effective a robotic tractor mower is at managing scrub on the steep slopes at Levin Down