News from the High Weald National Landscape team – March 2024

Spring is bursting out all over the High Weald National Landscape! The area’s ancient woodlands and hedgerows are blooming with wildflowers, so why not take advantage of the forthcoming Easter weekend and enjoy a Spring stroll?

This month we’re sharing ideas for turning a High Weald walk into an adventure for all ages, featuring our series of ‘Nature Nugget’ videos. You can also catch up on our starring appearance on Countryfile, find out what we’ll be up to at this year’s Heathfield Show and learn about plans for the Wild About Dark Skies Festival…

Turn a High Weald walk into an adventure this Easter

A boy running through a spring woodland, holding a stickWalking is a wonderful way to get outside and spend some quality time together. With more than 2,500km of rights of way, the High Weald countryside is a natural playground with plenty to feed young imaginations.Our latest blog shares our favourite ways to keep children (and adults!) entertained outdoors, with links to handy activity guides and our own series of short Nature Nugget videos, created by our Education Officer Rachel.

From scavenger hunts and tree ID to spotting animal tracks and stargazing, there’s something for everyone.

Read our blog: ‘Turn a High Weald Walk into an adventure this Spring! >>

High Weald Deer Management project featured on BBC Countryfile

Did you catch us on Countryfile back in February? In an episode dedicated to the Ashdown Forest – which sits at the heart of the historic High Weald – our Deer Management Coordinator, Sandy, talked to presenter Charlotte Smith about how deer impact the area’s flora and fauna, and why we need to manage their numbers.Interested in learning more about deer management in the High Weald? Read Sandy’s blog on our website >>

The episode also featured a demonstration of our deer drone survey project, which has revealed that there are around 2,000 deer in the Ashdown Forest area alone.

You can watch the episode on BBC iPlayer – our segment starts at around 35 minutes in, but we recommend watching all the way through.

Get involved in the Wild About Dark Skies Festival 2024

After an extremely popular pilot event in February 2023, we’re delighted to announce that the Wild About Dark Skies Festival will return in October and November this year, thanks to a three-year grant award from Lund Trust.We’re hosting a webinar on 11 April for Parishes, ‘Wild About…’ groups, community groups, astronomical societies, and other organisations in the High Weald to learn how they can get involved and help celebrate the area’s precious Dark Skies.

If you would like to attend, please email Samantha Nicholas on

Watch our special storytelling performance at the Heathfield Show

After a very busy and successful show last year, the High Weald National Landscape team will once again have a stand at the Heathfield Agricultural Show on Saturday 25 May.There will be fun for all ages, with three special performances of The Nightjar’s journey – the story of one bird’s epic migration journey through the High Weald landscape and beyond, told with puppetry. You can even make your own Nightjar puppet to take home.

Drop by stand C38 to catch the show, and to hear about our work to conserve and enhance the High Weald. You can also learn about funding opportunities for farmers, land managers and community groups and sign up for more information about our upcoming free events; the High Weald Walking Festival and the Wild About Dark Skies Festival.

The Heathfield Agricultural Show is a celebration of countryside life, and a great day out for all ages – it’s also a great way to learn more about the local farming community, and show your support.

Tickets are available now at earlybird prices – purchase via the website >>.

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