What will the project do?
Changing Chalk is a partnership project involving 10 core partners: National Trust (overall project lead), Brighton & Hove City Council, Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, Buglife, Lewes and Eastbourne Councils, Natural England, Railway Land Wildlife Trust, South Downs National Park Authority, Sussex Wildlife Trust and The Living Coast Biosphere.
The Changing Chalk partnership is focused on a 458 square km area, at the eastern end of the South Downs much of which falls within the South Downs National Park; beyond the park boundaries, and neighbouring the Downs are the communities of the coastal fringe between Brighton & Hove, Lewes and Eastbourne.
Buglife is delivering three distinct but intertwined projects as part of Changing Chalk.
Landscapes for Wild Pollinators
This project is exploring ways to improve the chalk landscape for our declining insect pollinators; providing information and advice on how to manage wildflower habitats in B-Lines with landowners, land managers and community groups. The project plans to link the best remaining habitats together through new or restored wildflower stepping stones, so pollinators can move freely across the South Downs area.
The Buglife Team will be offering workshops, habitat assessments, advice and support to landowners and farmers as well as working with the community and sharing information about our wild pollinators, through workshop, training in pollinator ID, assessing habitats for pollinators, FIT counts and much more!